Linlithgow is a peaceful lochside town within 20 minutes of Edinburgh’s city centre of some historical importance, as holiday visitors booking a holiday house in and around the town will easily discover. The magnificent Linlithgow Palace was the ancestral home of the Stuart Kings and the birthplace of Queen Mary of Scotland. Set in a delightful park beside the loch it is open to visitors. Other houses of historic interest include Blackness Castle on the shores of the River Forth and the House of the Binns, once the home of a wealthy 17th Century Merchant. For those seeking an active self catering holiday, as well as water sports on the loch, the town also has a leisure centre with a climbing wall and excellent golfing at the Kingsfield Golf Centre within easy reach.
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For heritage lovers, a visit to the Linlithgow Canal Centre on the Union Canal from where boat trips on restored narrow boats can be taken is highly recommended. Further down the canal is the impressive Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first and now the only rotating boat lift. Alternatively, take a trip on a steam train at the Scottish Railway Preservation Society in Bo-ness or to an old mine at the Birkhill Clay Mine. Finally, for petrol heads, head to the Bo-ness Motor Museum whose exhibits include James Bond’s BMW 750 from "Tomorrow Never Dies", a Harry Potter car, a hover bike from Thunderbirds and Dr. Who’s Tardis.
Within the town itself there are plenty of shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes. Families will also enjoy the Heritage and Spy trails or the willow maze in the grounds of the town’s museum.
Various festivals and events are held in the town throughout the year. For culture lovers, there is a Civic Festival featuring many traditional Scottish arts in June, a folk festival in September, an arts festival in October and a book festival in November.