Photo: Chris Gunns

Linlithgow Palace was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as the home of the Scottish monarchs during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Now under the ownership of Historic Scotland, Linlithgow Palace is home to a host of historic tales, while the ruin is open for public exploration. Located on luscious parkland and overlooking a loch full of wildlife, the surroundings of the once-magnificent palace are perfect for summer picnics or historical discovery.

The palace was ruined a number of times from fire, war, and arson among others. It was rebuilt and extended by Kings James III, IV, and V. But after the union of crowns, the palace was barely used at all.

Visitors to the palace will be enchanted by the Great Hall, which now lays roofless and open to the elements. Still intact are the old bedchambers of the former Kings and Queens, where visitors can take in the spectacular views from the oriels.

Many statues and other stone carvings can still be found within the palace chapel. Outside, you can find a three-tiered fountain that sits in the centre of the courtyard.


Kirkgate,  Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7AL
Tel: 01506 842 896
Times: April – September, Daily, 9.30 – 17.30
October – March, daily, 9.30 – 16.30