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Local Attractions

Linlithgow Palace

This splendid ruined Palace is best known as the Birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1542 and her father James V in 1513. It was James who built the Gothic fountain which stands in the Palace courtyard as a wedding present for her mother, Mary of Guise. Linlithgow Palace has been the home of many of our monarchs throughout the years. In 1746 a fire destroyed the Palace and left it as it stands today (picture on home page)

St Michael's Church

Situated beside the historic Palace, the church is acknowledged to be one of the finest medieval churches in the country. The Church's aluminium spire replaces an open stone crown removed in 1821 because it was considered dangerous. Other interesting features include the stained glass windows (picture on home page)

The Linlithgow Story

Annet House is a handsome Georgian building at the heart of Linlithgow which was built in the 18th century by a local merchant on the site of an early 17th century house.Today it houses an interesting museum which celebrates Linlithgow's past and present

Canal Museum, Tearoom And Cruises

Three boats operate for public cruising;"Victoria" and "St Magdalene".The museum is in the original canal stables and displays artifacts, photographs, an audio visual presentation, information and sales of momentoes. The tearoom is in the original canal cottage and is homely and warm with a wood burning stove.The canal basin is an ideal location for picnics.All these facilities are operated by volunteer members of The Linlithgow Canal Society (picture on home page)

Town Tour and Audio Guides

An easy to operate cassette trail which takes you on a tour of the town,exploring its history,stories, personalities, industry, and much more.The tour runs on Sony Walkmans which are available from the Linlithgow Tourist Information Centre.

Nearby Attractions


1,000 acre county park including trout farm, deer farm, target and field archery courses, water sports, angling, orienteering, rock climbing, barbecue and picnic areas, trim-course, space net, woodland walk, camping and caravan site, restuarant and bar. Ranger service, information centre and view points


At Bo'ness, The Scottish Railway Preservation Society has assembled Scotland's largest collection of railway architecture. A visitor trail leads to the north yard where locomotives, carriages and waggons, including heritage mainline diesels may be seen. A steam train travels along the southern shore of the Firth of Forth to Birkhill. The volunteers of the Society organise various special events throughout the year.


Birkhill Fireclay Mine owes its existence to the Industrial Revolution.Fireclay was manufactured into fire bricks which were used wherever heat intensive work was carried out in foundries, smelters, refineries etc. A guided tour of the caverns of the mine reveals 300 million year old fossils of giant tree ferns, which grew in equatorial swamps before the dinosaurs ruled the earth.


This 15th century fortress, which gives the impresssion of a stone battleship, is situated at the edge of the River Forth on the peaceful little village of Blackness. In the past it has endured violent struggles between the Douglas and Chrichton families and has been used as a medieval state prison. More recently it was used as the setting for the last production of Hamlet starring Mel Gibson.

THE HOUSE OF THE BINNS (by Linlithgow)

The House of the Binns was handed into the care of the National Trust for Scotland in 1944, but it remains the family home of the Dalyell family. It is beautifully furnished house which has been occupied for over 350 years and remains virtually the same since its restoration in the 17th century when fortified strongholds gave way to more gracious mansions.

HOPETOUN HOUSE (South Queensferry)

Set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland stands Hopetoun House, 'Scotland's Finest Stately Home'. This Adam mansion is the residence of the Marquess of Linlithgow. Much of the original furniture can still be seen. Hopetoun offers nature trails, deer parks, gardens, exhibitions, family museum, restaurant and picnic areas.

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