The magnificant ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch (of special scientific interest due to the extensive wildfowl population). Most of the Stewart kings lived here and numerous renovations to the palace's grand facades and chambers were carried out as each sought to create the ideal modern palace. Birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, all the Scottish kings lived here and later it housed Cromwell, Bonnie Prince Charlie and, after Culloden, the Duke of Cumberland. Mary of Guise declared of Linlithgow she had 'never seen such a princely palace'. Look out for jousting in July!
Summer: 1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm Winter: 1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm