Linlithgow Palace

Inside one of the most spectacular ruins in Scotland you cannot help but walk in the footsteps of royalty, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

Linlithgow Palace

Visit the great hall where monarchs hosted banquets, tour James IV's suite of chambers or say a prayer in the private oratory of James V.

You can see the elaborate, restored fountain in action every Sunday in July and August - it reputedly flowed with wine when Bonnie Prince Charlie visited.

The high towers look down over the palace's grounds - the Peel - and Linlithgow Loch, an important refuge for wildlife. You can explore both on well-surfaced paths.

A ranger service also operates on site.

Linlithgow Peel and Linlithgow Loch

You can now enjoy the Peel for recreation or take a walk along the loch to see the abundant wildlife living in the loch and shore.

The walk around the loch is about 4km or 2.3 miles long and takes about an hour.

The Peel's remarkable natural heritage is legally protected by conservation orders that recognise the importance of Linlithgow Loch's wildfowl and rare aquatic plants.

For more information, see the Visit West Lothian website.