Linlithgow is only 11 miles/18 km from Edinburgh International Airport. There are no direct public transport links to Linlithgow from Edinburgh airport, however a dedicated airport bus service, Airlink Express, service 100, runs from outside the terminal building to Edinburgh city center (Waverley Bridge) and the journey takes an average 25 mins, tickets can be purchased from the kiosk at the bus stop. Once in Edinburgh city centre, there are direct bus and train links to Linlithgow.
Although there is no direct bus from the terminal, the number 38 which operates between Edinburgh-Linlithgow-Falkirk-Stirling does stop near the airport. Passengers must walk from the terminal towards the Hilton hotel, then continue on out of the airport complex, past a secure car park service, continue under the motorway bridge and then up some stairs and on to the motorway bus stop. This walk takes about 10-15 minutes and is not suitable if you have a lot of luggage, are disabled or a large group of people. There is a chance a taxi may run you there in a few minutes. The service is fairly regular (timetable - add/subtract about 5 minutes to/from ratho station for airport times) and runs from early morning until late at night and fares are very reasonble. Journey time to Linlithgow is about 45 minutes, although if using the bus to get TO the airport allow a lot of time for delays, especially in the mornings and other buys periods. It may be worth getting the service before the one you think will allow you extra time just to be sure!
At night/early morning the service may start or terminate at Linlithgow Cross, but for most of the day it will run through the main street of the town and out towards Falkirk.
Linlithgow is conveniently placed on the Central Scotland line, therefore benefits from regular trains to and from Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow and Stirling. Trains to and from Linlithgow (LIN) station are operated by Scotrail. The station only has two platforms, Platform 1 for eastbound trains and Platform 2 for westward trains. Trains to and from Edinburgh take approximately 20 minutes and run every 15 minutes at peak times. Glasgow and Stirling trains take approximately 30 minutes and run twice per hour at peak times. Complete station information as well as journey planers can be found on the National Rail Enquiries website or from Scotrail
FirstGroup operate a bus route from Stirling to Edinburgh which goes via Linlithgow, service number 38, making it possible to get into Linlithgow from either Stirling or Edinburgh. There is also a late night bus service which operates on Friday and Saturdays, which runs from Edinburgh to Linlithgow, service number 44N. Timetables are available online from the FirstGroup website
Linlithgow is small enough to walk around. FirstGroup operate the 'Town Service' bus number L1, which loops round the town via the residential areas of Springfield, Braehead, Listloaning and Linlithgow Bridge.
- Linlithgow Palace. 25 Mar - 30 Sep Daily 9.30am to 5.30pm, 1 Oct - 24 Mar Daily 10am to 4pm. The birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and former royal palace are now magnificent ruins. Adult £5.50.
- St Michael's Parish Church (go north up the kirkgate from the cross under the archway, the church is on the left), ☎ +44 1506 842188, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. One of Scotland's finest mediaeval churches, with a modern twist.
- Blackness Castle, Blackness (About 3 miles north east of Linlithgow, on the shore of the Forth). Blackness was the port for the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow in the days when Linlithgow Palace was a royal residence, so it was vital for the port to be properly defended. The castle is spectacularly located on a spit jutting out into the Firth of Forth and offers fine views of the Forth Bridges. Adult £5.50.
- Annet House Museum (The Linlithgow Story), , 143 High St, EH49 7EJ (200m west of the cross), ☎ +44 1506 670677. 1 Apr – 31 Oct, 11am–5pm M-Sa, 1–4pm Su. The Linlithgow Story tells of the town's connection with the Stewart dynasty and the lives and occupations of its ordinary people, using artefacts supplemented by video and audio presentations. Behind the house, the restored garden provides a peaceful contrast to the busy High Street and from the upper terrace of the garden there are fine views of the Palace, St Michael's Church and Linlithgow Loch. Free.
- Take a relaxing walk around Linlithgow Loch for great views of the palace.
- Walk or cycle along the Union Canal to Edinburgh (about 30km) or Falkirk (15km).
- Take a boat trip along the canal to the impressive Avon Aqueduct.
- Visit Beecraigs Country Park, a 370 hectare country park nestled high in the Bathgate hills near Linlithgow offering a wide range of outdoor activities including Archery, Canoeing/Kayaking, Climbing, Pioneering, Orienteering, Hillcraft and Skiing. Beecraigs also hosts a Deer Farm, Trout Fishery, Sawmill and Campsite within the park.
Linlithgow high street is home to many small traditional independent shops and businesses. There are 2 main supermarkets at either end of the town, Tesco in the regent centre and Sainsburys (open 8am-10pm Mon-Sat and 8am-8pm Sunday) in Linlithgow bridge. Unusually for a town of Linlithgow's size, there is a small retail park in Linlithgow bridge which contains some large shops such as Homebase, Argos, Au Naturale and Aldi. Opposite the retail park is the towns only petrol filling station, Murco (24 hours, open every day)
- Champany Inn, Champany, Linlithgow (a short distance out of town on the road to Blackness). Restaurant: Lunch 12.30pm-2pm Mo-Fr, Dinner 7pm-10pm Mo-Sa. Chop & Ale House: Mo-Th 12pm-2pm and 6.30pm-10pm, Fr-Su 12noon-10pm.. Michelin starred fine-dining restaurant (booking recommended), and the less formal but still highly-rated Chop & Ale House (no bookings, just turn up). Particularly proud of its beef, oysters also a speciality, direct from the in-house rock pool.
There are 10 pubs dotted along Linlithgow High Street, most mainly cater for locals and some may seem a little rough around the edges. However it is not uncommon for tourists to visit The Star and Garter or The Four Marys. Most pubs stay open until 11PM to 1AM, depending on the day of the week and how busy they are. Don't miss The four Marys Cask Ale Festival which occurs twice a year on the last weekends in May and October.
- The Star and Garter Hotel (The Star), 1 High Street, EH49 7AB. Restored after being severely damaged by fire in October 2010. The building dates back to 1759, and was converted into a pub in the 1840s.
- Platform 3, Station Gate, 1a High Street, EH49 7AB.
- The Four Marys, 65 - 67 High Street, EH49 7ED.
- The Auld Hole in The Wall (The Hole), 108 High Street, EH49 7AQ.
- The Crown Arms, 179 High Street, EH49 7EN.
- The Football and Cricketers Arms (The Footies), 111 High Street, EH49 7EJ.
- Lithgae Arms (The Cave), 271 High Street, EH49 7EP. A no-go for tourists and indeed most locals.
- The Swan Tavern, 248 High Street, EH49 7ES.
- West Port Hotel, 18-20 West Port, EH49 7AZ, ☎ +44 1506 847456.
- The Black Bitch Tavern, 14 West Port, EH49 7AZ.
- The Bridge Inn and Restaurant (Brig Inn), Linlithgow Bridge, EH49 7PX.
There is only one nightclub in Linlithgow, Code which is open until 2AM on Saturday. Most of the locals in search of club life will head out to larger towns and cities such as Edinburgh, Bathgate and Livingston.
- Code Nightclub (Code), 18–20 Westport, EH49 7AZ (Behind the westport hotel). Saturday 10PM - 2AM.
- Beecraigs Country Park, ☎ +44 1506 844516. Open all year. Campsite which is part of a much larger country park, just 2 miles south of Linlithgow in the Bathgate Hills. Well-equipped campsite with good amenities. The Country Park is a popular destination for a family day out, with a Trout Loch, Deer Park, Adventure Playground and miles of woodland walks.
Bed and breakfast
- Arden Country House, Belsyde Country Estate, ☎ +44 1506 670102, e-mail: email@example.com. STB 5* rated B&B. From £35 pppn.
- Belsyde Farm House, Belsyde Farm, ☎ +44 1506 842098. B&B. Self-catering accommodation also available. From £33pppn.
- Cauldburn Country House, Belsyde, ☎ +44 1506 846132. Wifi available for guests. From £33 pppn.
- Strawberry Bank House, 13 Avon Place, ☎ +44 1506 848372. A modernised Victorian villa, close to the town centre. From £32.50 pppn.
Linlithgow is a small town and can be considered very safe, there are no run down no-go areas like in bigger cities.
- Common sense should be observed when drinking in pubs, it is advisable not to loiter outside at closing time, especially outside code as alcohol fueled fighting is not uncommon amongst young men.
- Cyanobacteria/blue green algae can be present in Linlithgow Loch, therefore its advisable not to drink from or swim in the loch.