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  • 1 Linlithgow Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Linlithgow EH49 7AL

    This ancient royal residence dominates the town and loch of Linlithgow. Two fires (1424 and 1745) left it in its current state. With numerous staircases and corridors, the size of this vast 15-17C building that is now roofless is fascinating for the ..

  • 2 Hopetoun House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Hopetoun House EH30 9SL

    Situated west of Edinburgh on the southern banks of the Forth, 3 km from South Queensferry, this large building stands in a magnificent setting with wonderful views. The architecture of Hopetoun House helps us to understand the differences that separ..

  • 3 St Michael's Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    The Cross GB - Linlithgow EH49 7AL

    This is one of the largest pre-Reform ecclesiastical buildings; it took more than a century (15 -16C) to build. It was built in the typical Scottish style and is very much like the Holy Rude in Stirling.

  • 4 Cairnpapple Hill Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GB - Torphichen EH47

    This site represents five distinct phases in prehistoric evolution. The 1947 excavations are clearly explained by a model and descriptive noticeboards. The earliest monument dates from 2500-2000 BC and was altered in the Copper Age (2000-1600 BC). Th..

  • 5 Almond Valley Heritage Centre

    Museums and art

    Millfield GB - Livingston EH54 7AR

    A museum was built here to house an interesting exhibition on shale oil extraction, a flourishing local industry in the early 20C. This activity employed up to 10,000 people before being replaced by oil imports. Further on, on the gently slope descen..

  • 6 Preceptory

    Religious buildings

    Bowyett GB - Torphichen EH48 4NB

    Of the 12C commandery, only the transept and central tower remain. They are joined to an 18C parish church built in place of the nave. Outside, the bell tower and gables on the transept were given redents when changes were made in the 15C. The founda..

  • 7 Parish Church

    Religious buildings

    Church Hall GB - Broxburn

    The old church in the hamlet of Abercorn, rebuilt in 1579 and restored in 1838, includes a fine example of a lord's gallery, the Hopetoun Loft. When he designed it between 1707 and 1708, Sir William Bruce had the unusual idea of adding a suite of roo..

  • 8 The Cross

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Cross GB - Linlithgow EH49 7AH

    This former market place has a well in the centre that is a 19C replica of a former public lavatory. The large 17C town hall occupies the northern end of the square and replaces the original building destroyed by Cromwell. The current 20C staircase r..

  • 9 High Street

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. High GB - Linlithgow EH49 7AB

    A few gabled houses with terraces from the 16 and 17C remain on this street, proof of Linlithgow's commercial heyday. In Annet House, The Linlithgow Story emphasises the links between the town and royalty and its commercial development. The site of t..

  • 10 The Binns

    Museums and art

    GB - Linlithgow EH49 7NA

    The Binns is a fine house with a hilltop view of the Firth of Forth. It underwent reconstruction in 1630 with subsequent alterations and belonged to General Tam, a staunch supporter of Charles I who was executed in 1649. Of particular interest are th..

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