The town of Whitburn is to the west of Livingston and has seen some recent changes. "Heartlands" is one of Europe’s largest brownfield regeneration projects and is set to change the face of Whitburn.

The local secondary school, state run non-denominational, Whitburn Academy serves pupils aged 11 to 18. The town's primary schools include Whitdale, Polkemmet, Croftmalloch, St Joseph's and Burnhouse.

Polkemmet Country Park, spanning 169 acres, is located to the west of the town. The park features a golf course and driving range, bowling green, picnic and barbecue areas, cafe, restaurant, woodland trails and play areas.

The mature woodlands of Polkemmet Country Park are bursting with beech, conifer, horse chestnut and sycamore trees, providing the ideal environment for birds and bird watching. Look out for thrushes, chaffinches and robins darting amongst the trees. You might even spot the brilliant blue blur of a kingfisher as it looks for its next meal in the River Almond, which flows through the park.