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Linlithgow Scottish Tourism Town of the Year

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It was the sheer enthusiasism, commitment and participation of the townspeople in their tourist industry that persuaded the judges to "linger in Linlithgow", thus resulting in Linlithgow winning the Oscar for Scottish Tourism Town, 1994.

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Vistors leaving the motorway to stop off in Linlithgow are richly rewarded. For the townspeople have brought their heritage vividly to life in a way that is both entertaining and historically accurate.

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The junior Palace Guides, from the local schools, are enthusiastic as they are entertaining. Their adult counterparts, the Linlithgow Players, re-enact famous events in the history of the town, like the visit of Mary, Queen of Scots to the Royal Palace in 1561.

For those with a taste for the macabre, local history teacher Bruce Jamieson presents "ghost walks" in the town throughout the year.

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At the nearby Union Canal, the Linlithgow Union Canal Society have developed a museum and preserved a unique piece of Scotland's industrial heritage for future generations. And at Beecraigs Country Parks, West Lothian District Council have created an environmental attraction of quality, with facilities for visiting caravanners, restaurant and bars surrounded by natural woodland and hillside.

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In preglacial times the River Avon flowed through the Forth Valley to an estuary near Blackness. However, with glacial, action the Avon became diverted and the Loch was formed. It is now one of the few remaining undrained natural Lochs in the Lothians. Today the Loch is used for fishing and sailing and is also a bird sacntuary Investment in tourism continues with the further development of a town museum, a town tour audio guide and Palace improvements. Marketing is being developed through a series of attractive publications and through a consumer advertising campaign on local radio.

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