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History & Heritage Day

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10.00am

Arrive at Hopetoun House, South Queensferry  (Coffee Break)

Hopetoun House 1

Hopetoun House, a remarkable and beautiful stately home, is filled with magnificent collections and sits surrounded by magnificent grounds with nature trails and scenic walks.

11.20am

Photo Stop point

On route to your next stop is a well appointed layby, which offers an opportunity for you to stop and take a picture of the impressive view of the Forth Bridges spanning the Firth of Forth.

11.30am

Arrive at House of the Binns

House of the Binns 1

This impressive 17th-century house offers visitors an interesting selection of family portraits and porcelain.  Stroll through the expanse of parkland where the property is located and enjoy the views across central Scotland

12.40pm

 

 

 

 

 

Arrive at Blackness Castle, Blackness

Blackness Castle 1Blackness Castle is often referred to as the ship that never sailed.  This is because of its appearance, for from the seaward side it looks just like a great stone ship that has run aground. 

Blackness was not destined to serve as a peaceful lordly residence, historically being used as a garrison fortress then state prison.

13.40pm

Arrive in Linlithgow for lunch – choose from the many cafés and restaurants which are dotted around the historic High Street.

14.40pm

Arrive at Linlithgow Palace & Peel 

Linlithgow PalaceThe majestic royal palace of the Stewarts at Linlithgow is a magnificent ruin and 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 sumptuous stone-carved figures, including angel musicians in the royal chapel.  The setting of the palace is very impressive; surrounded by beautiful parkland and overlooking the tranquil Linlithgow Loch.

3.45pm

Linger Longer in Linlithgow

The quaint town of Linlithgow offers plenry to see and do such as the Linlithgow Canal Centre where you can enjoy a boat trip along the Union Canal in the summer months.
You can also learn more about the town’s fascinating history at Annet House Museum or enjoy the magnificent architecture at St Michael’s Church- both are free to visit. There are plenty of unusual, independent retailers in picturesque Linlithgow, perfect for purchasing gifts for friends and family.

4.45pm

Home time