This is a really beautiful ruin of a royal palace which is set in its own park on the shore of Linlithgow loch and it is one of the countries most visited ruins. Most of the ruins are buildings commissioned by James V although some sections date from the 14th century. The fountain in the courtyard is being restored and it was a wedding present from James V to his wife, Mary of Guise, in 1538. The Church of St Michael is next to the palace and it is Scotland's largest pre-Reformation church.
King James V (1512) and Mary Queen of Scots (1542)were both born here. It was a much favoured residence of the Stewart Kings and Queens from the time of James I (1406-37) onwards. Building work commissioned by James I, III, IV, V and VI can be seen.
take a walk around the grounds - it is lovely and quiet and there are some picnic benches if you have a lunch with you. We like to get fresh bread, cheese and fruit and sit outside looking at the views if possible.
Open all year round
In Linlithgow where it is well signposted. Leave the M9 at junction 3 if you are travelling north or junction 4 if you are travelling south.
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