The village of Shotts offers the opportunity to get off the beaten track.

Shotts is ideally situated half way between Glasgow and Edinburgh and was reputedly named after the legendary giant "Bertram de Shotts".

Famous for the world renowned Shotts Highland Games, which are still held on the first Saturday in June, the area was famous for traditional pipe band music.  The picturesque Kirk o Shotts can be clearly seen from the M8. Shotts also has its own golf club, which is situated half an hour from both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Brief History of Shotts

The town was famous for its slogan 'Shotts Lights the World' because gas lamp standards were made in abundance in Shotts and exported all over the world.

Shotts has also been described as a village built on coal and iron. The ideal location of Shotts makes it a popular venue for cycle routes, including Shotts to Blackridge.

Shotts originally consisted of five villages - Dykehead, Calderside, Stane, Springhill and Torbothie growing up around the old coach roads between Glasgow and Edinburgh and expanded during the 18th and 19th centuries following the growth in coal and iron mining.

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