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Linlithgow lies near the northern border of West Lothain in Scotland, quite close to the Firth of Forth and Edinburgh. The area around the town is referred to as Linlithgowshire and the most famous landmark by far is Linlithgow Palace, which was built in 1424 by James I of Scotland, was the birthplace of James V and Mary, Queen of Scots, and burned out in 1746.

Linlithgow was also the site of the Battle of Linlithgow Bridge (1526) in which the Earl of Lennox led a force of 10,000 men against James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran who had 2,500 men take up defensive positions on Pace Hill. In the end, James Hamilton won, many of Lennox's men were killed and he was murdered by James Hamilton after surrendering.

Linlithgow - Tourist Attractions

Linlithgow has a few important historic sites and other local attractions for visitors. Among the top tourist attractions around Linlithgow are:
  • Linlithgow Palace - ruins of the palace which was the birth place of Mary, Queen of Scotts and with good views of the surroundings from Queen Margaret's Bower.
  • Linlithgow Loch - pretty loch lying just north of Linlithgow Palace.
  • Linlithgow Canal Centre - new visitor centre on the restored Grand Union Canal offering boat trips and canal cruises.
  • St Michael's Church - 15th century church built over an earlier 12th century church with fine wooden carving of Mary Queen of Scots, wooden pulpit and stained glass windows.
  • Battle of Linlithgow Bridge Site - relive the history of the dramatic battle fought here in 1526.
  • Beecraigs Country Park - nearly 1,000 acres of parkland with camping and various outdoor activities.
  • Kingsfield Golf Centre - 9-hole golf course with driving range and golf tuition studios.
  • Annet House Linlithgow Museum - a museum with the history of the area, very children friendly.
  • Linlithgow Heritage Trail - historic walk around the town taking in 44 historic buildings and sites of interest.


Linlithgow VisitScotland Tourist Information Centre
County Buildings
High Street
West Lothian
EH49 7EZ


Road: Linlithgow lies just south of the M9, about 16 miles west of Edinburgh, 20 miles south of Stirling and 35 miles east of Glasgow.
Train: Linlithgow Railway Station on the Edinburgh-Glasgow line.

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