Linlithgow is a small town in the Central Belt of Scotland, Scotland

Linlithgow Palace from the public park surrounding it, known as The Peel

Get in

By plane

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.

By car

Linlithgow is between Junctions 3 and 4 of the M9. Take junction 3 if you are arriving from the south (e.g. from Edinburgh) or junction 4 if you are arriving from the north (e.g. from Stirling)

By train

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

By bus

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

Get around

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 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)




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.


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.



Bed and breakfast

Stay Safe

Linlithgow is a small town and can be considered very safe, there are no run down no-go areas like in bigger cities.

Stay Healthy

Go next

Linlithgow is a good base for exploring the Central Belt of Scotland, with excellent transport links to Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Stirling.

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