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Steeped in history

Amongst the distinguished people born in Linlithgow are King James V, his daughter Mary Queen of Scots, John West of tuna fame and Alex Salmond, former first minister of Scotland. You can get better acquainted with the town's past by going on the heritage trail or visiting Linlithgow Palace. This magnificent ruin, which overlooks a beautiful loch, is the birthplace of James and Mary. West Lothian's country town, Linlithgow is conveniently situated 20 miles from Edinburgh and on the main rail route to Glasgow.

Explore the Grand Union canal

Take a stroll to the canal basin and discover Linlithgow's Canal Centre. Here you can hire a boat, book a canal cruise and get an insight into the history of the waterways at Scotland's only canal museum. There's also a quaint tea room, set in former canal workers' cottages where you can enjoy home baking and a warming drink.

Have a day out in Beecraigs Country Park

In the hills close to town, Beecraigs Country park is bursting with things to see and do. It's home to Scottish wildlife including a herd of Red Deer, Highland Cattle and Ronaldsay sheep. There's also an adventure play area, and cycling and walking trails. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Linlithgow? The Travelodge Falkirk Hotel is a 15-minute drive from the town centre, as well as being mid-way between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Travelodge Edinburgh Central Hotel is only a half-hour train journey away.