Skinflats is a small village in the Falkirk council area of Scotland. It is located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north-west of Grangemouth, 1.1 miles (1.8 km) east of Carronshore and 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north-east of Falkirk. It lies on the A905 road between Glensburgh and Airth, near to the River Carron and the point where it flows into the Firth of Forth.

The United Kingdom 2001 census reported the population as 347, almost unchanged since 1991.[1]

The name of the village is sometimes claimed to be of Dutch origin, supposedly bestowed by Dutch engineers working on land reclamation in the 17th century, but there is no evidence that any such reclamation projects took place in the parish of Bothkennar where Skinflats is located and the place-name is readily explained as Scots in origin.[2]

Skinflats was originally a pit village, but no mining has taken place there for many years.

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Main Street, Skinflats
Skinflats in the Falkirk council area, near the Firth of Forth, in the Central Belt of mainland Scotland.
Skinflats in the Falkirk council area, near the Firth of Forth, in the Central Belt of mainland Scotland.
Location within the Falkirk council area
Population347 [1] (2001 census)
OS grid referenceNS908831
• Edinburgh22.5 mi (36.2 km) ESE
• London346 mi (557 km) ESE
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFALKIRK
Postcode districtFK2
Dialling code01324
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament

See also


  1. ^ a b "Insight 2001 Census, No 3 - 2001 Census Population of settlements and wards" Archived 2011-06-03 at the Wayback Machine, Falkirk Council. June 2003. Retrieved 2009-12-09
  2. ^ "Stirlingshire: The Truth about Skinflats". Scotland County-by-County. Scottish Place-Name Society. Retrieved 2009-12-11.

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