Airngath Hills

(Linlithgow Hills, Irongath Hills)

A line of rolling summits on the border between West Lothian and Falkirk Council Areas, the Airngath or Linlithgow Hills comprise a ridge which separates Linlithgow from Bo'ness. Recorded as the Irongath Hills in the Ordnance Survey Name Books of the 1850s and on the 2nd Edition of the Ordnance Survey six-inch maps, they are unnamed on modern Ordnance Survey maps. The highest is Airngath Hill (171m / 561 feet), with other summits including Swordie Hill, Bonnytoun Hill and Linlithgow Hill. The western summits are known as the Flints or Flint Hills. These hills comprise coal measures overlaid by hard whinstone (dolerite), with mining having taken place at Muirhouse Colliery in the late 19th C. and evidence of older coal workings.

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