Linlithgow Travel Guide

  • Courtyard and the decorated fountain
    Courtyard and the decorated fountain
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  • The Great Hall
    The Great Hall
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  • a big house with garden near the lake
    a big house with garden near the lake
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Linlithgow Things to Do

  • Linlithgow Palace

    Fifteen miles from Falkirk and Edinburgh rears Linlithgow Palace, one of Scotland's most visited ruins. A splendid 15th-century fortress, it rises impressively on the edge of Linlithgow Loch. From here, and their three other palaces, the Stuart kings and queens ruled Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots entered the world here in 1542, but ended it in...

  • Golf, Football & the pub & grub

    If it's Golf you love Linlithgow is a great place to have your base. you have a multitude of courses in and around linlithgow, linlithgow golf club, west lothian golf club (Bo'ness), Bridgend golf club, Niddrie Castle golf club, Grangemouth golf club, Polmont golf club All within 5 miles of Linlithgow Town Centre. Football you have the new Scottish...

  • Linlithgow palace and loch

    The palace is in ruins and there's anything special to see inside. But I enjoyed very much the walk we had around the lake.

  • Linlithgow Palace

    It's now a ruin, but it's still an interesting place to visit. Dating back to the 1300s, this palace has been built, destroyed, and re-built several times. James V was born here in 1512. And Mary Queen of Scots was also born here in 1542.

  • Linlithgow Palace

    This striking palace was first built in the 15th Century and was lived in by Scottish Kings and Queens until its interior was gutted by a fire late in the 17th century. The picture shows the front facade and the entrance to the interior of the building.

  • Linlithgow Loch

    If you are at the Palace, inevitable you will see this. There is always a selection of wildfowl on or by the Loch: ducks, swans and geese. Actually, they are not wild at all: the last time I saw them, someone with a baby buggy had to shove a swan (which was grooming) with the wheels to get by. The swan may have moved as much as 3 inches.If you are...

  • Union Canal

    The Union Canal (Falkirk to Edinburgh) runs above the centre of Linlithgow. There is a Canal Society who run a small museum and tearoom, boat trips, and special events. The headquarters are in the old canal stables at the Manse Road Basin - horses being the original means of propulsion for canal boats: specially trained horses would swim along in...

  • Avon Aqueduct 2

    The Union Canal, of which the aqueduct is a vital part, is unusual, as the only contour canal in Scotland. This means it was construsted at one level (the 240 foot contour line) all the way from Falkirk to Edinburgh. So the only locks on the canal were the sequence (of 15!) required to link it to the Forth and Clyde canal at Camelon - now replaced...

  • Avon Aqueduct

    Another marvel of Industrial age engineering, the 810 foot Avon Aqueduct, was constructed by the famous engineer, Thomas Telford; and is the longest in Scotland. Although you can't really see the glory of it whilst you are on it, there are paths down to the foot and great views down the Avon Gorge to the Avon Viaduct (pictured, with train).There is...


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Linlithgow Transportation

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    by zizkov Updated Sep 11, 2005

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    On the train mainline from Edinburgh to Glasgow, fast trains about 15 mins journey from Ed every half hour. Also about 10 mins from Falkirk

    Regular bus services from Edinburgh/Falkirk also.

    The Union Canal runs above Linlithgow, with the towpath offering easy and attractive cycling, again from Edinburgh or Falkirk. On the Falkirk side is the Avon aqueduct, one of those Victorian marvels. This can also be traversed on a walk to/from Polmont railway station.

    The picture is a view from the aqueduct to the viaduct, about 2 miles west of Linlithgow.

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Linlithgow Sports & Outdoors

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    by zizkov Written Nov 2, 2004

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    Linlithgow Rose, Scottish junior football team. Junior Cup winners in 2002. Currently in the East Superleague and one of the top junior sides.

    Junior does not mean kids football, it is the
    level below senior (league) football.

    Players are semi-pro or amateur, though quite a few have played professionally. Teams are often in quite small communities, or in places where there are league teams.

    Crowds tend to be small, from the low dozens to the hundreds, but the skill level can be as high as in the senior game, and commitment, sometimes spilling into violence, is high.

    Although you would be unlikely to come to Linlithgow speciffically to watch the football, they have a tidy ground, with pie stall and social club, a grandstand (a rarity in the juniors) and it is an agreeable and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon if you are interested in football.

    The picture is from a cup game on a sunny warm October afternoon vs local rivals Camelon Juniors. Rose won 3-1, helped perhaps by the Camelon goalkeeper being sent off in the first 5 minutes.

    Camelon's own ground is only about 600m from the Falkirk Wheel, along the canal towpath (see my Falkirk page for the Wheel).

    Equipment: A low sensitivety to swearing and abuse, given the often trenchantly expressed opinions of junior fans.

    Entrance £4, £2 concessions: plus £1.50/£1.00 for the grandstand.

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