Explore the magnificent ruins of the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Linlithgow Palace was built and added to over two centuries by the Stewart kings, resulting in a superb Renaissance residence.
This impressive retreat was an ideal place for royals to break the journey between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle. High towers look out over lush greenery and a loch brimming with wildfowl, which is today a Site of Special Scientific Interest cared for by our rangers.
Several monarchs were born in this royal ‘pleasure palace’, surrounded by its peaceful gardens and grounds. Our annual Spectacular Jousting event each summer harks back to the days of medieval tournaments on Linlithgow Peel.
What to see and do
- Step inside the ruins of Mary Queen of Scots’ birthplace
- Gain unique insights into the domestic life of Scottish royalty
- See the ornate fountain in action every Sunday in July and August
- Admire elegant architecture such as the oriel windows of the king’s and queen’s bedchambers
- Enjoy open views from Queen Margaret’s Bower over the peel and loch to the Forth bridges
Maid of the Forth
Board the 'Maid' at the historic Hawes Pier in South Queensferry, Edinburgh for a 1½ hour sightseeing boat tour downriver towards Inchcolm Island. During the cruise you have the option of sitting comfortably in our heated saloon or enjoying the fresh air on our open top deck. Commentary is provided during the trip to the island to point out the local landmarks as we pass them. Our fully stocked bar serves a range of drinks, soft drinks, tea coffees and snacks to keep you refreshed during the cruise.
Your journey starts of by passing underneath the spectacular Forth Rail Bridge allowing you to get unique close up views of this magnificent piece of Victorian Engineering.
You will then pass Inchgarvie Island with the remains of it's 12th century castle and wartime ruins, which is now home to a population of Fulmars,and Kittiwakes.
The 'Maid' then passes close to Hound Point Oil Terminal where you can see huge supertankers filling up with North Sea Crude oil and the very powerful tugs that help them berth alongside.
Next stop is the Haystack Rock where you can watch the seals basking in the sunshine and playing in the water.
The Maid then docks briefly at Inchcolm Island, to disembark passengers who wish to explore, before continuing round to the south side of the island where you will be treated to spectacular views of Inchcolm Abbey.
On the return journey to the Hawes Pier, the skipper will keep you informed of the wildlife that can be seen such as: Puffins; Guillemots; Razorbills; Eider ducks; seals and the occassional dolphin or porpoise. There have even been sightings of Minke whales and Killer whales near the bridges in the last few years so you never know what you might see.
- 10:00depart Pollock Halls of Residence
- 10:30 Explore Linlithgow Palace
- 12:30 Depart Linlithgow for S. Queensferry
- 13:00 Arrive at S. Queensferry and explore shops
- 14:00 Maid of Forth Cruise Departs
- 15:30 Depart for Pollock
- 16:00 Return to Pollock
Deadline to book - Sunday 2 October 2016