This thriving town is just half an hours drive away from Scotland’s capital Edinburgh.  Linlithgow is a popular choice with day-trippers and tourist trips due to its royal connections and stunning wildlife experiences. Our complete guide looks at things to do and hotels in Linlithgow.

Your complete guide to Linlithgow

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Meet a Highland cow or sample some Scottish ‘scran’ in style. Get to know the town with My Voyage Scotland’s guide to Linlithgow.

Things to do in Linlithgow 

If you love the outdoors you will be spoiled for choice in Linlithgow. You can explore this West Lothian town on foot and by boat as the town is famous for its canal culture. 

There is so much to do here, but we have whittled your choices down to just five. Discover what town has to offer with our guide of things to do in Linlithgow below. 

Linlithgow Canal Centre 

Fancy a boat trip? Catch a ride along the Union Canal in Linlithgow. 

The Linlithgow Canal centre run special trips on the last Sunday of the Summer to the Falkirk Wheel and back, the total trip takes around six hours and it must be booked in advance.

Weekends boat trips start in April and end in September. Weekday trips start in July and end in August. 

Linlithgow Loch

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This stunning West Lothian tourist attraction is the perfect place to go to enjoy a Sunday afternoon walk and admire the local wildlife.

Owned by Historic Scotland visitors can partake in walking, fishing, and water sports at Linlithgow Loch. 

Linlithgow Palace 

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If castles are your thing, visit this stunning ruin beside Linlithgow Loch. The grounds here are simply beautiful – VisitScotland has rated it as a four-star attraction. 

Linlithgow Palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and it sits almost halfway between Falkirk and Edinburgh.

This unique location in the town has featured in the world-famous show Outlander, however, it was set up as prison when filmed for the tv show. 

Community Linlithgow Museum

We hinted towards Linlithgow’s rich history, but the locals here have so many stories to tell. 

This is a must-stop destination if you want to learn more about the town’s royal connections, the people who have helped shape the town over the years and the trades that have made Linlithgow the thriving place it is today. 


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If you would like to make some furry friends during your next visit to Scotland visitors to Beecraigs country park can go wildlife spotting! 

A Red Deer herd, Highland Cattle fold, Belted Galloways, and Hebridean and North Ronaldsay Sheep all live in the park. 

If you want to get a closer look at some of Scotland’s most famous animal mascots in real life, this popular attraction which is open throughout the year is a great day out for families and  admission is free. 

Hotels in Linlithgow 

There is a selection of great hotels in the centre of Linlithgow. We have chosen some of the best places to stay in the town below.

Hotels in Linlithgow Star Pick: Star & Garter Hotel

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You will find the Star & Garter Hotel in the heartbeat of Linlithgow. It is walking distance from several of the tourist attractions that we have mentioned above.

This is our star pick for the town as it offers an a la carte restaurant, a café, a pub, and its micro-brewery onsite. 

Rooms are great value at this hotel in Linlithgow and each morning you will be served a Scottish breakfast.

Champany Inn

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This inn in Linlithgow is only two miles away from the banks of the Firth of Forth, where many of the guests go to enjoy scenic walks and the local scenery. 

Champany Inn has two restaurants on-site, where guests can indulge in Scottish delicacies and local produce. 

The Champany Inn is highly rated for its friendly service and traditional decor!

The West Port Hotel

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The location of this hotel is perfect for those that want to hit the town’s popular tourist attractions. Beecraigs Country Park is only a short journey away from here. 

Location is not the hotel’s only benefit, the hotel is a part of a traditional Scottish pub and restaurant, so if you want to get to know the Linlithgow locals this is the place to be!

Self-catering Linlithgow

Linlithgow has a variety of options available for travellers looking for self-catering accommodation in Linlithgow – everything for glamping to lodges and apartments. 

We have picked out our top options for you below.

Central Apartment Linlithgow 

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The Central Apartment Linlithgow is situated is just 750 yards of Linlithgow Palace. 

Perfect for couples the one-bedroom, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower.

Badgers Den

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Badgers Den is only two miles away from Linlithgow Palace and Muiravonside Country Park is only a short walk away.

This cosy hideaway comes with a balcony attached – guests love to chill out here as they have everything they need for a weekend and long break. 

The hosts at this self-catering spot in Linlithgow go above and beyond for visitors leaving flowers and tablet in the ‘Den’. 

Craigs Lodges 

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If you have always wanted to try the wig-was way of life, we have found the perfect location for your self-catering holiday in Scotland. 

Craigs self-catering cottages can be found in the peaceful woodlands that surround Linlithgow. Lodges here are rated between two to three-stars by the Scottish tourist board and all have a small kitchen area where you can create the perfect picnic for your travels.

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