Medieval architecture dominates the lovely town of Linlithgow, and the largely intact ruins of a royal palace sit on a knoll overlooking Linlithgow Loch. This palace dates from the early 15th century and was the birthplace of both James V and his daughter, Mary Queen of Scots. It replaced a previous royal manor house, which was destroyed by fire in 1424.
Also affected by the fire was St. Michael’s parish church, which originally dated from the 13th century. Like the palace it was rebuilt in 1424 and the present day church was once Mary Queens of Scots’ place of worship.
The Edinburgh & Glasgow Union Canal runs through the heart of Linlithgow and the Canal Centre in the town operates boat trips throughout the summer, as well as providing information on the canal and the impressive Falkirk Wheel, where the Union Canal is joined to the Forth-Clyde Canal.
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