Search site

Linlithgow Peel and Loch - Wildlife Site

The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace sit above the loch, amid an expanse of parkland known as the Peel.

Linlithgow Loch was formed over 10,000 years ago by a retreating glacier and is one of only two natural lowland lochs in the Lothians. Designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, it is noted for its emergent aquatic plant species and for its wildfowl. Of particular interest are populations of breeding little grebes and great crested grebes, which can be seen all year round. The Loch also support some of the largest flocks of coot, mute swan and tufted duck to be found in the Lothians. In winter this population is joined by pochard, goldeneye and greylag geese.

The Ranger Service runs a variety of guided walks and events throughout the year. The Linlithgow Holiday Club, aimed at children aged between 8 and 12 years old, runs every Tuesday morning during the school holidays, and the Junior Ranger programme runs monthly throughout the year for young people between 11 and 18 years old. Contact the Linlithgow Ranger (details below) for more information on any of these.

The Peel comprises the grounds around the loch, and includes Linlithgow Palace. A 2 1/2 mile circular path around the loch offers stunning view of the palace, the church and the town of Linlithgow. The path is buggy and wheelchair friendly.

Phone: 0131 652 8150

Address: Historic Scotland Ranger Service, Holyrood Park Education Centre, 1 Queen's Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG.

Times: Car park by Palace locked in the evening, other gates remain open.

Disabled facilities: No restrictions on pedestrian access.

Fees: Admission charge to Palace only.

Further info: Historic Scotland Ranger Service, Holyrood Park Education Centre, 1 Queen's Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG.

Email: rangers@hes.scot

Website: Historic Scotland - Ranger Service