09:30am- Blackness Castle
The castle was built in the 15th Century by one of Scotland’s more powerful families, the Crichtons. Today, visitors to the castle can explore areas such as the prison tower and the great hall, while enjoying fine views across the Firth of Forth and the rail and road bridges.
From Blackness Castle to Hopetoun House it is 6.5 miles (17 minute journey)
11:15am- Hopetoun House (Coffee break)
Hopetoun House, a remarkable and beautiful stately home, is filled with stunning collections and sits surrounded by magnificent grounds with nature trails and scenic walks. Hopetoun has been home to the Hope Family since the late 1600′s and the present Lord Hopetoun and his family still live in Hopetoun House.
From Hopetoun to Linlithgow Palace it is 8 miles (19 minute journey)
1:45pm- Linlithgow Palace (Lunch)
The majestic royal palace of the Stewarts at Linlithgow is a magnificent ruin surrounded by beautiful parkland and overlooking the tranquil Linlithgow Loch. Visitors feel a sense of awe on entering its gates. The beauty of the palace, which is the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, can still be seen today in the carvings on the courtyard fountain or the Oriels, elegant projecting windows off the Kings and Queens bedchambers.
The group can enjoy lunch either before or after their visit to the Palace. The Glasshouse Cafe, in the beautiful Linlithgow Burgh Halls, is located right by the coach drop off point or you can choose from any of the eateries located in Linlithgow’s town centre.