THINGS TO DO AND SEE

While you stay at Garden Cottage

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THE LINLITHGOW STORY

The Linlithgow Story tells of the town’s connection with the Stewart dynasty and the lives and occupations of its ordinary people, using artefacts supplemented by video and audio presentations.

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CAIRNPAPPLE HILL

One of the most important prehistoric monuments on the mainland of Scotland, Cairnpapple was used as a burial and ceremonial site from about 3000 to 1400 BC. Good views of east central Scotland may be had from the hill.

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ST MICHAEL’S PARISH CHURCH

One of the finest examples of a large medieval burgh church.Consecrated in 1242 on the site of an earlier church, most of the present building dates from the 15th century with some 19th and 20th century restoration.

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LINLITHGOW PALACE

A favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens from James I (1406-37) onward. Building work commissioned by James I, III, IV, V and VI can be seen. The great hall and chapel are particularly fine. James V (1512) and Mary Queen of Scots (1542) were both born here.

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LINLITHGOW CANAL CENTRE

Cruise to the Avon Aqueduct on “St Magdalene” – a 40 seater canal boat. Departs 2:30 returns 5pm Sat & Sun. Half hour Town Boat Trips from 2 till 4:30pm. Tearoom and Canal Museum. Also charters & Hires.

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BLACKNESS CASTLE

Built in the 15th century and massively strengthened in the 16th century as an artillery fortress, Blackness Castle has been a royal castle, prison, armaments depot and film location for Hamlet and the BBC production of Ivanhoe.

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BEECRAIGS COUNTRY PARK

Exciting 370 hectare Country Park located in the Bathgate Hills near historic Linlithgow town. One of three Country Parks in West Lothian, sister Parks are Almondell & Calderwood and Polkemmet Country Parks.

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KINNEIL MUSEUM

From Roman soldiers to inventors, Kinneil Museum is the starting point for an exploration into the colourful history of the Kinneil Estate. Kinneil Museum is located in the 17th century stable block of Kinneil House and acts as an interpretative centre for Kinneil Estate.

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MUIRAVONSIDE COUNTRY PARK

170 acres of woodlands, parklands and garden including vertiginous slopes abutting the Avon Gorge, now in the care of Falkirk Council. Created from the estate of Muiravonside House, U plan 17th century house, its foundations were the old home farm, now the visitors’ centre.

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BO’NESS & KINNEIL RAILWAY

Based in Bo’ness, just a 40 minute drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh, this railway offers the chance to board a vintage steam or diesel-hauled train. Full Steam Ahead for great family fun!

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MUSEUM OF SCOTTISH RAILWAYS

Visit the Museum of Scottish Railways via the new Visitor Trail at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway. This takes in the rialway yard and will give you a great insight into what goes on behind the scenes.

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HOUSE OF THE BINNS

It reflects the early 17th century transition in Scottish architecture from fortified stronghold to more spacious mansion. The furniture dates mostly from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. There is also an excellent run of family portraits charting the Dalyells’ lives and interests.