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Linlithgow Palace


The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch.

Linlithgow Palace

Built and developed over two centuries by successive Stewart kings of Scotland, Linlithgow Palace was a comfortable and attractive retreat from affairs of state, conveniently placed between Stirling and Edinburgh. Both James V and his daughter Mary Queen of Scots were born here, overlooking the tranquil beauty of the loch and peel (park). This superb Renaissance residence allows a unique insight into the domestic life of Scottish royalty.

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Linlithgow Peel Ranger Service

Highlights

  • The birth-place of Mary Queen of Scots.
  • The views from Queen Margaret’s Bower – overlooking the peel and loch and the pleasant countryside. On a clear day you can see the bridges over the Forth.
  • The peel and loch provide the perfect setting for a picnic. The loch has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest thanks to its wildfowl.
  • The oriels – elegant projecting windows off the king’s and queen’s bedchambers.
  • The fountain – a beautiful three-tiered structure in the centre of the courtyard.
Green Tourism Award - Gold

Location

Region – Edinburgh and the Lothians
Postcode: EH49 7AL

Opening arrangements

Summer
1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 4.45pm)

Winter
1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 3.45pm)

Admission prices

All year
Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

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