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Linlithgow - the Loch and the Palace

The town of Linlithgow is another easily accessible place from Edinburgh via train which is worth the trip if you are looking to get out of the city for a day. With the palace, the birthplace of James V and Mary, Queen of Scots, and the picturesque loch being the star attractions.

On our first visit we followed another walk from our handy little Edinburgh and beyond book of walks which has helped us time and time again to discover new spots. The walk began at the train station and skirted the Union canal, another section of which we explored previously on a different walk from that same little book. On route to the loch (where the walk was taking us) we passed a 16th century doocot which looks very similar to the one at Dirleton castle. These beehive shaped doocots are common in Scotland but this is apparently the only one in West Lothian, originally standing in gardens, which were rather like allotments for the people of the town, belonging to the Barons Ross of Halkhead.

After a short…

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