Linlithgow Palace Ruins in West Lothian, Scotland

The ruins of Linlithgow Palace are located in West Lothian, Scotland, approximately 15 miles west of Edinburgh.  During the 15th and 16th centuries the palace was one of the primary residence locations for Scottish monarchs.

Linlithgow Palace

Prior to construction of the palace, the hillside was utilized for a stately manor home that had been built in the 12th century but replaced by a British occupier military fortification beginning in 1302.  Six score and two years later a great fire destroyed much of the town of Linlithgow.  King James I decided to rebuild what would be a grand royal palace along with the Church of St. Michael upon that hill.

Linlithgow Palace
There were many additions and improvements added to the Palace by James III, James IV and James V, who was born in the palace in 1512.  Three decades later saw the birth of Mary, Queen of Scots, in what had been, at one time, quite a stately and magnificent residence.  Mary is said to have stayed at Linlithgow Palace at various times during her reign from 1542-1567.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth of England in 1603, the island came under the Union of Crowns, where James VI, King of Scots, ascended to the thrones of England and Ireland.

Linlithgow Palace fountainAfterwards, the palace was little used and fell into disrepair with the north wall having collapsed in 1607.  James VI ordered rebuilding, which began in 1618 and lasted for four years.  However, King Charles I was the last royal monarch to stay at the palace, taking lodging there for one day in 1633.

The grand building lay barren for decades until 1746 when most of the structures were burned by the Duke of Cumberland, who was leading the fight against the Jacobite uprising.

Linlithgow Palace great hallMore decades passed, until the early 19th century when conservation began and management came under the control of Historic Scotland.  The site is currently open year round.  Almost everything that remains is accessible to enter or see.  There are some fantastic views from the top of the towers.

Any time one is visiting Edinburgh, it is well worth the time to manage a trip to Linlithgow Palace, if only to learn more of its historic nature.

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