The birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots in 1542, Linlithgow Palace was built and added to over two centuries by Stuart kings, resulting in a magnificent Renaissance residence. Complete with high towers overlooking lush greenery and a sparkling loch, it served as an ideal place for royals to break up the journey between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle. Today, visitors can step inside the ruins to gain unique insight into the domestic life of Scottish royalty. Admire the elegant architecture, including the oriel windows in the king’s and queen’s bedchambers, then head outside to see the ornate fountain, which allegedly flowed with wine when Bonnie Prince Charlie arrived in 1745. If it’s a nice day, relax in Queen Margaret’s Bower and enjoy views over the park and lake to the Forth bridges, or have a picnic by the lake.

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