Linlithgow Palace is the highlight of this ancient burgh halfway between Falkirk and Edinburgh. This wonderful 15th century ruin is perfectly positioned beside Linlithgow Loch. Mary Queen of Scots was born here in 1542, becoming queen six days later. After a fire in 1424, James I started construction of the present palace, but this took over 200 years to complete.
Kids will love exploring the ruins, and perhaps interested by the Linlithgow Story, which, as it says, tells the story of the town. Linlithgow Loch is a haunt for wildfowl, especially in winter. Boat trips on the Union Canal are another popular excursion.