Woodend, by Newton, West Lothian – Watercolour

These terraced cottages were probably built as farm worker’s dwellings for the Hopetoun Estate which covers much of this area in South Queensferry. If you leave the south end of the Forth Road Bridge and head west, for a couple of miles, you eventually pass through the tiny village of Newton. Newton has a great vantage point to view both the Forth Road and Forth Rail Bridges. (Please note that “Forth” is not a number but is the River Forth which terminates in the Firth of Forth or Forth Estuary – such is the complexity of Scottish place names). At the west side of Newton lies this tiny hamlet of old, but very attractive cottages surrounded by many mature trees. Despite one of the busiest of roads, just behind the far away house on the left, Woodend is a very quiet and peaceful place.