Top things to do

Palace in Linlithgow

Linlithgow Palace

This magnificent loch-side palace was begun by James I in 1424, and became a favourite royal residence – James V was born here in 1512, as was his daughter Mary (later Queen of Scots) in 1542, and Bonnie Prince Char…
Museum in Linlithgow

Linlithgow Canal Centre

Lying 200m south of the town centre is the Union Canal and this pretty one-room museum documenting its 200-year history. The centre runs 2½-hour canal-boat trips (adult/child £8/5) west to the Avon Aqueduct, departi…
Steak in Linlithgow

Champany Inn

This rustic inn is a trencherman's delight, famous for its excellent Aberdeen Angus steaks and Scottish seafood (bookings essential). Its world-class wine list runs into the hundreds – sommeliers can advise. The nei…
Cafe in Linlithgow

Cafebar 1807

This stylish cafe-bar serves classy comfort food made with farm-fresh produce, from towering sandwiches and nacho bowls to homemade hot dogs and burgers (for a uniquely Scottish twist, try the haggis-stuffed Special…
Castle in Linlithgow

Blackness Castle

Built in the 1440s by the Lord High Admiral of Scotland, this imposing castle juts like the prow of a ship into the Firth of Forth at Blackness, 4 miles northeast of Linlithgow. Its mighty curtain walls have panoram…
Pub Food in Linlithgow

Four Marys

Set in a 16th-century house packed with mementos of Mary, Queen of Scots, this attractive traditional pub serves real ales aplenty and good-value pub grub, including haggis, neeps and tatties (haggis, mashed turnip …
Scottish in Linlithgow

Chop & Ale House

The Chop & Ale House offers delicious (and generously sized) homemade burgers and steaks in a cosy beamed space. It's 2 miles northeast of Linlithgow on the A803/A904 road towards Bo’ness and Queensferry.
Church in Linlithgow

St Michael's Parish Church

Built between the 1420s and the 1530s, this Gothic church is topped by a controversial aluminium spire added in 1964, representing a crown of thorns. The church is said to be haunted by a ghost that foretold James I…