Linlithgow is a historic town in Lothian, 16 miles from Edinburgh.
It is an ancient Royal Burgh, given its charter by David I, and was once one of the four main towns of Scotland.
Linlithgow Palace, a well-preserved ruin, dates from the 15th century and incorporates a tower built by Edward I of England in 1302. It was the birthplace of James V in 1512 and his daughter Mary Queen of Scots in 1542. The palace is on the shore of Linlithgow Loch.
St. Michael`s Church was consecrated in 1242 and rebuilt after a fire in 1424. It was in this church that James IV was warned by a ghost of his impending doom, just before he died at the Battle of Floden.
The Mercat Cross, erected in the 17th century, is the only complete cross of this type remaining in the country.
The 18th century Annet House houses the Linlithgow Story Museum.