Linlithgow Palace is  a popular visitor attraction not far from Edinburgh, and it is the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Once a majestic royal residence of the Stewarts, now it even plays a part in the “Outlander” TV series.

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace is viewed every day by passers-by driving on the motorway between Edinburgh & Glasgow. But to soak in the true splendour of this majestic historic palace you have to visit. The really nice part of visiting the palace is there is so much outdoor space to enjoy also.

Linlithgow Palace, near Edinburgh. Places to Visit West Lothian
Linlithgow Loch next to palace offers an enjoyable walk allowing you to see the property in all its grandeur.

From Mary Queen of Scots to Outlander

In the year 1542, Mary Queen of Scots was born here and became queen only six days later. Linlithgow Palace and The Peel is a popular visitor attraction not far from Edinburgh. The original hilltop castle was built in 1302. Badly damaged by a fire in 1424, James I started construction of the present palace, but this took over 200 years to complete.

The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace

The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace sit above Linlithgow Loch, amid an expanse of parkland known as The Peel. This area offers a lovely relaxing walk amongst the wildlife Historic Scotland and the rangers need your help to take care of this beautiful landscape. As you walk around the loch you will notice its islands – Cormorant and the Rickle. They might look natural now but both are artificial. These are remains of crannogs, timber round houses sitting on wooden pilings, driven into the loch bed thousands of years ago.

Opening times

1 Apr – 30 Sep: Mon-Sun: 09.30 to 17.30
1 Oct – 31 Mar: Mon-Sun: 10.00 to 16.00

Linlithgow Palace, Kirkgate, Linlithgow, EH49 7AL

Historic Environment Scotland, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH
Tel: 0131 668 8600

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