|NA Kirkgate, Linlithgow EH49 7AL|
|Linlithgow Palace Website|
Explore the magnificent ruins of the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Linlithgow Palace was built and added to over two centuries by the Stewart kings, resulting in a superb Renaissance residence.
This impressive retreat was an ideal place for royals to break the journey between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle. High towers look out over lush greenery and a loch brimming with wildfowl, which is today a Site of Special Scientific Interest cared for by our rangers.
Several monarchs were born in this royal ‘pleasure palace’, surrounded by its peaceful gardens and grounds. Our annual Spectacular Jousting event each summer harks back to the days of medieval tournaments on Linlithgow Peel.
What to see and do:
Step inside the ruins of Mary Queen of Scots’ birthplace
Gain unique insights into the domestic life of Scottish royalty
See the ornate fountain in action every Sunday in July and August
Admire elegant architecture such as the oriel windows of the king’s and queen’s bedchambers
Enjoy open views from Queen Margaret’s Bower over the peel and loch to the Forth bridges
Have a picnic by the loch and spot some local wildlife
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