‘Great history lesson here and the views from the different levels are beautiful. Walk around the gardens they are gorgeous.’
– Linlithgow Palace Tripadvisor Review
Visiting the palace
Although now in ruin, many of the details have remained intact and there is a lot to see on a visit here. You can explore the courtyard and see the amazing three-tiered fountain adorned with mermaids, unicorns, human heads and more. The fountain dates from 1538 and supposedly once flowed with wine in honour of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Enter the great hall, royal apartments and chapel royal. You can also climb up the stone steps to Queen Margaret’s Bower, a tall turreted tower. Legend has it, Queen Margaret watched out here for King James VI to come back from the Battle of Flodden. Though he was killed in battle and never did return.
Please see opening times and ticket prices for the palace here. You can also visit the surrounding parkland for free, with benches, picnic tables, a walking path and loch.