Enjoy an easy waterside stroll around Linlithgow Loch. The walk takes you past the ruins of Linlithgow Palace and the parkland surrounding it (known as the peel). The palace has a magnificent hall, a beautiful fountain, a courtyard and a number of wonderful sculptures. It's a good, flat path, running for a distance of just over 2 miles so it should take about an hour to stroll round.
The loch is a haven for wildfowl - look out for great crested grebes and little grebes, coots, moorhens, tufted duck and mallard. For cyclists there are some paths around the peel where bikes are allowed.
If you would like to continue your walk you could follow the Union Canal from Linlithgow to the nearby Muiravonside Country Park. Beecraigs Country Park which has miles of woodland cycling and walking trails.
Linlithgow Loch Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Linlithgow Loch Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Linlithgow Loch OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Linlithgow Loch Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The excellent Lochside Cafe is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The cafe does a good range of snacks and drinks and there are nice views to enjoy as well. You can find it on the southern side of the loch at postcode EH49 7HN for your sat navs.
The loch is a fine place for a dog walk and you will probably see other owners on your outing. The Lochside cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The loch and palace are located very close to Linlithgow train station so the site is easy to visit by public transport. The station is on the Glasgow to Edinburgh via Falkirk Line and is also served by Abellio ScotRail services from Edinburgh Waverley to Dunblane, and the daily train between Glasgow Queen Street and the Fife Circle Line. The palace is located just to the north of the station, just a few minutes stroll.