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Don't forget your mobile phone If you visit Linlithgow Palace!

30 March 2010

If you are planning to visit Linlithgow Palace or Peel over the next few weeks, don’t forget your mobile phone! From early April, responding to a simple text response survey posted on noticeboards around the Peel could win you one year’s membership with Historic Scotland.  

Historic Scotland is conducting a survey to understand how visitors and locals use the Peel, the attractive area of lochside and parkland around Linlithgow Palace, and how best to communicate its stories.

Jennifer Roxburgh, Interpretation Officer for Historic Scotland’s exhibitions and displays said: ““This spring and summer we are looking at every aspect of how we tell the stories of the Palace and Peel to visitors and local people.  We’re going to have detailed on-site interviews and a focus group of local people later in the spring and early summer.  Until now the major focus for interpretation has been on the Palace, but we are also keen to see how people understand and enjoy the Peel.”

The survey posters can also be located further afield in Linlithgow – look out for them in the library and in your favourite coffee shop on the High Street.

Text responses will be confidential and your mobile phone number will not be reused.  

The questions are simple multiple choice.  Here is an example:

There is a strong historical link between Linlithgow Palace and its Peel.  Which of these do you think gives the correct explanation?

  • A.        Mary Queen of Scots lived here and used to hunt in the woodland area now known as the Peel surrounding the Palace.
  • B.        King James V had the Peel Loch excavated for defensive purposes, to protect the Palace from attack by Picts from the north.
  • C.        The Peel used to be surrounded by a wooden fence which formed a simple outer boundary to the Palace.
  • D.        The Peel was a completely cultivated area which provided the Palace with fruit and vegetables, and fish from the loch.

Even if you don’t get the answer correct, it won’t affect your chance of winning.  

Why not pop along to Linlithgow and look out for the survey?


Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament. For more information visit

For further information

Jennifer Johnston Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866