Polmont has a population of 5,300. Due to the good transport connections to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling, Polmont is mainly a commuter village.
Grangemouth has a population of 17,400. Grangemouth has a large commercial port and is also a center for the petrochemical induxtry.
Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is 17 miles east. Take the tram to Haymarket then train towards Glasgow for Polmont.
Glasgow Airport (GLA) is 36 miles west, far side of that city. Take the airport bus to Buchanan station then the train from Queen Street towards Edinburgh for Polmont.
- Polmont on the main Glasgow to Edinburgh line, also stop at Linlithgow. Also branches to Dunblane and Stirling. 10 minutes walk from the shopping centre.
There are regular bus services to Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh, all provided by First Group.
Nearby Grangemouth Docks (4 miles north) on the Forth River where light cargo ships and coastal tankers call. No ferry or passenger-only services are available.
The Union Canals pass through Polmont and are open to small boat traffic.
- 1 Antonine Wall. Constructed 140-142 AD during the reign of Roman Emperor Antonius Pius, this wall spans Scotland at its narrowest point between the Firth of Forth in the east and the River Clyde in the west. Although intended to rival the work of his predecessor Hadrian, this wall was far less elaborate, built of turf fronted by a ditch 12 feet deep. The wall was 10 feet high and 14 feet wide and dotted with 29 small military forts linked by a road.As a defensive barrier it didn't last long: in 181 AD the northern tribes poured over the wall and pushed the Romans back to Hadrian's Wall. The Romans finally abandoned the territory between the two walls in 196 AD. The wall is 37 miles long but mostly covered by modern developments, the best of it being through Polmont Woods and Church.
- 1 Polmont Golf course, Manualrigg, Maddiston, Falkirk. Fk2 0ls (about 3 miles south of Polmont).
- 2 Grangemouth Golf Course (about 1 mile northeast of Polmont). 6400-yard 18-hole parkland course opened in 1974. Municipal course with a clubhouse which is open to visitors. round £30.
- 3 Polmonthill Ski Centre, Avondale Rd, Polmont FK2 0YA. M-F 13:00-21:30, Sa 10:00-15:00. 100 m long artificial ski slope, so it's a novice site. Adult £8 / hr.
- 4 Millhall Reservoir is open Mar-Oct for fly-fishing.
- Polmont Woods and the canal are agreeable places to have a walk.
The main shopping area is around Polmont Cross, with a supermarket, coffee shop, newsagent, butchers, laundry, fast-food takeaway and pub.
There are numerous take-away food stores. The takeaway prices are fairly cheap, and a few of the takeaway shops have the facility to order online, and have online menus.
- 1 Black Bull, Main Street, Polmont FK2 0PX. Su-Th 12:00-00:00, F Sa 12:00-01:00. Pub with a selection of food, has rooms. Quiz night Tues, karaoke alt Sats. Mains £10.
- Land & Sea Fish and Chip Shop, 20 Main Street, Polmont FK2 0PX (next to Black Bull Inn). Daily 16:30-22:30. Scotland's Fish & Chip Shop of the Year in 2005/2006, has vegan and GF options. Haddock supper £7.50.
- Numerous pleasant bars.
- 1 Inchyra Grange, Grange Rd, FK2 0YB (M9 jcn 5), ☏ . Renovated mansion and four-star hotel, handy for motorway & Grangemouth. B&B double £120.
- 2 Leapark Hotel, 130 Bo'Ness Road, Grangemouth FK3 9BX. 50-room hotel. from £35.
- 3 Premier Inn Falkirk East, Beancross Road, Polmont, FK2 0YS. from £32.
- Falkirk - nearby town which was the site of two historic battles, and has the shortest street in the UK.
- Linlithgow - attractive town and castle on the way to Edinburgh.
- Bo'ness - Small town in the district, home to the Scottish Railway Preservation society, and the Bo'ness and Kinneil Steam Railway.
|Routes through Polmont|
|Perth ← Stirling ←||NW SE||→ Linlithgow → Edinburgh|