West Lothian Angling Association will have an additional 38 miles of water for local fishermen to explore as talks to adopt some of the tributaries on the upper Almond have been successful.

The tributaries are the Linhouse Water, Murieston Water, Kilandean Burn, including the Harwood Water, and the West Calder Burn plus the Breich Water. That means that fishermen in Breich, Stoneyburn, Blackburn and Whitburn can soon access a water on their doorstep.

The ambitious organisation has also been successful in adding the main stem of the river from Kirkton in Livingston all the way to West Benhar.

Scot Muir, the association’s secretary, said that in previous years anglers had eight miles of the Almond to fish from north of Newbridge to Kirkton. But he added: “Now, in total, it looks like an additional 38 miles of water to explore.”