This thriving town is just half an hours drive away from Scotland’s capital Edinburgh.  Linlithgow is a popular choice with day-trippers and tourist trips due to its royal connections and stunning wildlife experiences. Our complete guide looks at things to do and hotels in Linlithgow.


Your complete guide to Linlithgow

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Meet a Highland cow or sample some Scottish ‘scran’ in style. Get to know the town with My Voyage Scotland’s guide to Linlithgow.

Things to do in Linlithgow 

If you love the outdoors you will be spoiled for choice in Linlithgow. You can explore this West Lothian town on foot and by boat as the town is famous for its canal culture. 

There is so much to do here, but we have whittled your choices down to just five. Discover what town has to offer with our guide of things to do in Linlithgow below. 

Linlithgow Canal Centre 

Fancy a boat trip? Catch a ride along the Union Canal in Linlithgow. 

The Linlithgow Canal centre run special trips on the last Sunday of the Summer to the Falkirk Wheel and back, the total trip takes around six hours and it must be booked in advance.

Weekends boat trips start in April and end in September. Weekday trips start in July and end in August. 

Linlithgow Loch

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This stunning West Lothian tourist attraction is the perfect place to go to enjoy a Sunday afternoon walk and admire the local wildlife.

Owned by Historic Scotland visitors can partake in walking, fishing, and water sports at Linlithgow Loch. 

Linlithgow Palace 

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If castles are your thing, visit this stunning ruin beside Linlithgow Loch. The grounds here are simply beautiful – VisitScotland has rated it as a four-star attraction. 

Linlithgow Palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and it sits almost halfway between Falkirk and Edinburgh.

This unique location in the town has featured in the world-famous show Outlander, however, it was set up as prison when filmed for the tv show. 

Community Linlithgow Museum

We hinted towards Linlithgow’s rich history, but the locals here have so many stories to tell. 

This is a must-stop destination if you want to learn more about the town’s royal connections, the people who have helped shape the town over the years and the trades that have made Linlithgow the thriving place it is today. 


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If you would like to make some furry friends during your next visit to Scotland visitors to Beecraigs country park can go wildlife spotting! 

A Red Deer herd, Highland Cattle fold, Belted Galloways, and Hebridean and North Ronaldsay Sheep all live in the park. 

If you want to get a closer look at some of Scotland’s most famous animal mascots in real life, this popular attraction which is open throughout the year is a great day out for families and  admission is free. 

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