You are free to ramble in the surrounding countryside and a short drive will allow you to explore the Pentland Hills. The Union Canal makes for a great walk but is also good to cycle. The area has numerous places of interest to visit, all within easy reach from Goose Cottage so you are sure to find something for all the family to enjoy. There is the Linlithgow Palace built by James I with its magnificent lochside location, Hopetoun House and Blackness Castle. The Falkirk Wheel is a must to visit, as is the Almond Valley Heritage Centre with its museum, farm and discovery centre. For a spot of retail therapy Livingston has a great designer outlet centre called MacArthur Glen. The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena is close by, as is the Royal Highland Show - a fantastic four day show held every June. The Edinburgh International Arts Festival is held in August and you can easily take the 17 minute train journey to enjoy the numerous daily performances. Goose Cottage has the best of both worlds - a holiday in the countryside or alternatively easy access to enjoy the major cities in central Scotland.