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Self Catering Holiday Accommodation Linlithgow Scotland

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THINGS TO DO AND SEE

While you stay at Garden Cottage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LINLITHGOW STORY

A vibrant community set in the heart of Scotland, Linlithgow is a great place to visit, a superb centre from which to explore and a dynamic place in which to do business. With its great transport links across central Scotland, Linlithgow has become a commuter town, which has seen its population double over the last 50 years.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

St Michael's Church Linlithgow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE OF THE BINNS

 

It reflects the early 17th-century transition in Scottish architecture from fortified stronghold to a 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 4:30 pm. Tearoom and Canal Museum. Also charters & Hires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Cairnpapple Hill Linlithgow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Forth Bridges

Spanning the Firth of Forth side by side, the 3 bridges link Edinburgh & The Lothians to the Kingdom of Fife. The individual Bridges are:

  • Queensferry Crossing – to the west, the Queensferry Crossing is due to open in 2017, becoming the Firth of Forth’s newest road bridge.

  • Forth Road Bridge – in the middle, the Forth Road Bridge was opened in 1964 and stretches 2.5 km. It’s the only one of the three you can walk across.

  • Forth Bridge – to the east, the famous Forth Bridge was opened in 1890.  As well as being a working rail bridge it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kelpies - Falkirk

 

The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in The Helix, a new parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area.   The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013.   The sculptures form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension built as part of The Helix land transformation project.   The Kelpies are a monument to horse powered heritage across Scotland.

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Falkirk Wheel

 

The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift 

raising boats by 24 metres (79 ft), but the Union Canal is still 11 metres (36 ft) higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel. Boats must also pass through a pair of locks between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal.  The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world, and one of two working boat lifts in the United Kingdom.

Falkirk Wheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outlander Trail

 

Craigh na Dun or Castle Leoch may have been a figment of Outlander author Diana

Gabaldon’s imagination, but this fascinating world of standing stones, romantic

castles and sweeping scenery was inspired by real places and heritage.   Not only that,

the TV adaptation was filmed partly on location in Scotland.  

 

Download this map and discover the sites in Scotland that double for the fictional land of Claire and Jamie.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 railway yard and will give you a great insight into what goes on behind the scenes.

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