This royal pleasure palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.
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Inside one of the most spectacular ruins in Scotland you cannot help but walk in the footsteps of royalty. This royal pleasure palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and an iconic filming location in hit TV show Outlander.
Visit the great hall where monarchs hosted banquets, tour James IV’s suite of chambers or say a prayer in the private oratory of James V.
Outlander fans will recognise the Palace gates and corridors as being those used in the scenes when Jamie was imprisoned.
You can see the elaborate, restored fountain in action every Sunday in July and August – it reputedly flowed with wine when Bonnie Prince Charlie visited.
The high towers look down over the palace’s grounds –the Peel – and Linlithgow Loch, an important refuge for wildlife. You can explore both on well-surfaced paths.
A ranger service also operates on site.
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Open all year
1 Apr-30 Sept 2019: Daily. 9.30am-5.30pm. Last entry 4.45pm
1 Oct-31 Mar 2020: Daily. 10.00am-4.00pm. Last entry 3.15pm
Travel by Car
In Linlithgow off the M9, Postcode EH497AL
Travel by Public Transport
There are regular train services to Linlithgow from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Walk 2 minutes to Linlithgow High Street, near Station Road; progress westwards to the Palace.
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Step into a largely intact medieval castle whose defences once guarded the Firth of Forth. An impressive venue used as infamous Fort William in Outlander.
Stand on a once sacred hilltop where people first held rituals and raised monuments 6000 years ago. Open in Summer only.
The museum, located in the centre of Linlithgow within the Partnership Centre, is open 6 days a week.