Mary Queen of Scots’ favourite lodgings – and her birthplace – Linlithgow Palace existed as a royal manor from the 12th century, and was rebuilt with additional fortifications after a fire in 1424. It sits beside the Church of St Michael and overlooks both Linlithgow Loch and the rolling grassy hills of the Peel.
The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch. Most of the Stewart kings lived here and numerous renovations to the palace’s grand façades and chambers were carried out as each sought to create the ideal modern palace. The magnificent courtyard fountain has been carefully restored and is now on view to visitors. The loch is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the extensive wildfowl population.
• In Linlithgow off the M9 • Open all year • Last ticket sold 45 mins before closing • Admission: Adult £5.20 Child £2.60 Concessions £4.20 • VisitScotland grading ★★★★
Find out more about Linlithgow Palace at historic-scotland.gov.uk
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Easter Eggsplorer Trail
Join an Easter Eggsploration through some of Scotland's castles, abbeys, forts and palaces. Find all the clues to complete the challenge.
Linlithgow Scotch Hop
Lively Scottish dancing evenings with live bands and instruction all in the unique setting of the Palace Courtyard. Tickets can be bought on the door.
Party at the Palace
Music royalty performs against the backdrop of Linlithgow Palace over two days of live music at this family friendly fest. 2015's lineup included Travis, The Feeling, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers and Scouting For Girls.
Sat 12 Aug
The middle ages: a time when wealthy members of the upper classes were positively encouraged to spend hours each day attempting to seriously wound each other with wooden poles. See jousting for yourself in this remarkable re-enactment, along with other examples of living history.
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Scotland's finest food & drink attractions, by the Woman Who Ate Scotland1 May 2009
It’s not just restaurants, pubs and shops where the country’s produce plays a central role – there are many attractions, visitor centres and other diversions too. Nell Nelson, the Woman Who Ate Scotland, offers this selected traveller’s guide.