Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace
Kirkgate, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7AL
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Linlithgow Palace

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 ★★★★

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