For those who are not completely familiar, Linlithgow Palace is part of Scotland’s historical and cultural heritage. Located in the town of Linlithgow, 24 km away from Edinburgh this palace started as a royal manor back in the 12th century, then in the 14th century transformed into a fortification. 
In the 15th century the actual Linlithgow Palace was built out of the remains left after the town of Linlithgow was partially burned down. King James I was the one who took the initiative. This time the building was meant to be a grand royal residence of Scottish monarchs. Along with the palace, the church of St. Michael was built in the south part of the complex.

The Guided Tour at Linlithgow Palace by dun_deagh
The Guided Tour at Linlithgow Palace, a photo by dun_deagh on Flickr.

Linlithgow Palace is also known as the royal palace of the Stewart dynasty. Its convenient location between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle made it a place where the royal family used to stop by for a rest. Also, the palace became popular as a site for pleasure. The queens of the Stewart dynasty loved the place and the surroundings because of its peaceful atmosphere and fresh air. James V, Mary Queen of Scots, and Princess Elizabeth (the Winter Queen) lived there in the 16th century. 


In the early years of the 17th century the royal court was moved to London, and the palace started to fade. September 1745 was the date that brought misfortunes to Linlithgow Palace, when a fire started and turned this massive building into the ruins we know today.

Linlithgow Palace by DaGoaty
Linlithgow Palace, a photo by DaGoaty on Flickr.

Being a royal palace should hint to you that Linlithgow Palace is beyond something that can be referred to as modest. It features numerous stairways, passages, rooms and a vast open space that might confuse you with its immensity. You can easily end up lost. The apartments are situated around a central courtyard. 


The Fountain at Linlithgow Palace by dun_deagh
The Fountain at Linlithgow Palace, a photo by dun_deagh on Flickr.

Over the years the palace was constantly improved by the rulers who inhabited it. During its good days it was an impressive monument with its quadrangular shape, royal chapel, courtyard fountain, and outer gateway. The great hall lost its roof but it still gives the feeling of something grand and spectacular. There are stone-carved sculptures everywhere around the palace.

Linlithgow Palace by alistairmcmillan
Linlithgow Palace, a photo by alistairmcmillan on Flickr.
St Michael's Parish Church by f_shields
St Michael’s Parish Church, a photo by f_shields on Flickr.

Today, Linlithgow Palace is turned into a tourist attraction. What’s left of its ruins is conserved and maintained for people to see. The credit for that has to be given to Historic Scotland, a government agency that takes care of historical monuments. 

The palace is still surrounded by green meadows and overlooks a small loch that is also known for its wildfowl population. You can visit the site all year round. The aforementioned church of St. Michael is opened for visitors only during the summer. It is said that the ghost of the mother of Mary Queen of Scots is haunting the place; at least these are the rumours that locals spread.

As you look around Linlithgow Palace, think about the times when royalty was walking on the same floors you walk now. So much history…such majesty you’re allowed to have a glimpse at. A true time-travel experience.  

This guest post was written by Julia Dawson, a dedicated writer, traveller and blogger. She is constantly striving to improve her style of writing and is searching for new sources of motivation and inspiration. Her present article is focused on vacation destinations in UK related thematic.

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I've had a passion for everything British my entire life, despite being raised as a small-town girl in the American Midwest, After years of dreaming, I got the chance to live and work in England for an entire year. Now I write about my favorite country, and hopefully inspire my fellow Britophiles to get over there and experience it for themselves.

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