The Scottish town of Bathgate is located within the area that is known as West Lothian. The town of Bathgate is located on the M8 motorway about five miles to the west of the town of Livingston. Areas such as Blackburn, Fauldhouse, Whitburn, Linlithgow and Stoneyburn to name a few places surround the town of Bathgate. The town of Bathgate is located about thirteen miles from Edinburgh Airport. The town is located about two miles to the south of the Neolithic burial site that is known as Cairnpapple Hill. There are signs of habitation around the location of the town of Bathgate and the surrounding area dating back to 3500BC.
During the middle part of the twentieth century a lot of the local businesses within the town ceased trading and this led to West Lothian being designated as an area for special development. Due to the area being designated for special development this meant that extra finance was offered by the government in order to help companies to relocate. In 1961 the company that is known as BMC opened a new truck and tractor plant in the town of Bathgate. The BMC group was constructed from the merger of Morris Motors and the Austin Motor Company.
There are five primary schools within Bathgate and one secondary school. The primary schools are known as Boghall, Simpson, Windyknowe, St Mary's and also Balbardie. The local secondary school is known as Bathgate Academy. The Simpson Primary School is a relatively new school as it was only opened in 2007. The new school was opened on the site that was once occupied by the former British Leyland factory.