Linlithgow Palace from the main gate
The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch.
Most of the Stewart kings lived at the Palace. Numerous renovations to the palace’s grand facades and chambers were carried out as each sought to create the ideal modern palace.
* The location – majestically situated in the centre of Linlithgow, beside 15th-century St Michael’s Kirk, and overlooking the peel (park) and loch. The loch has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest thanks to its wildfowl population.
* The magnificent great hall – despite being roofless, it still has the power to impress.
* The oriels – elegant projecting windows off the king’s and queen’s bedchambers.
* The fountain – a beautiful three-tiered ‘wedding-cake’ structure in the centre of the courtyard. It can be seen in full flow every Sunday in July and August.
* The sculptures – all around the palace are sumptuous stone-carved figures, including beguiling angel musicians in the royal chapel.