Linlithgow Town Centre

Linlithgow Town Centre, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the historic town of Linlithgow (pop 14,000) which is located about 20 miles west of Edinburgh.

The raison d’etre for this town is the former Royal Palace  around which the town grew and evolved. There was a royal manor here in the 12th century AD which was transformed into an English military stronghold in 1302. This royal building and much of the surrounding town was destroyed by fire in 1424. James I of Scotland subsequently initiated construction of a sumptuous royal palace on the site. However, after the union of crowns (with England) in the 17th century the palace was virtually abandoned and then, apparently accidentally, destroyed by yet another fire, in 1745.

The ruined former Palace is a tourist attraction, albeit not on a mass scale and cosnequently the town itself is not really geared for high volumes of visitors, a feature which can be an advantage for the more discerning tourist.

In addition to the palace and adjacent loch, Linlithgow offers:

  • A canal centre from where visitors can take boat trips along the Union Canal. There is a canal museum here.
  • The Linlithgow Story, a museum providing information on the history of Linlithgow which is located in an 18th century town house.
  • A interesting mix of architecture. Image number 3 below provides detail of late medieval design with pantile roof tiles whilst the final image below provides evidence of the architectural mix including some ‘sub-optimal’ 1960s and 1970s era buildings.

To sum up, whilst Linlithgow does not rank in top flight of Scottish tourist attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye, etc., proximity to Edinburgh is an advantage and a visit worthwhile.

Entrance to Linlithgow Palace

Entrance to Linlithgow Palace, Scotland

Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow

Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow, Scotland

Architecture at Linlithgow

Architecture at Linlithgow, Scotland

Street Scene, Linlithgow

Street Scene, Linlithgow, Scotland

Elsewhere today, I have been preoccupied with a complicated itinerary for a special interest tour group (>20 persons) including theatre, Highland Games, Crannog Centre, Loch Ness, Glamis Castle and more.  Also received confirmation of a one day, Charles Rennie Mackintosh tour of Glasgow for two ladies

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