Falkirk to Linlithgow

Falkirk to Linlithgow

Falkirk to Linlithgow
Falkirk is home to a bustling pedestrianised town centre and hosts the Falkirk Wheel and The Helix, two of Scotland’s most well-known tourist attractions. Callendar Wood and Estate let you enjoy wooded walks and visit these permanent displays: The Story of Callendar House, a history covering the 11th to the 19th centuries; The Antonine Wall, Rome's Northern Frontier; and Falkirk: Crucible of Revolution 1750-1850, which tells how the local area was transformed during the first century of the industrial era. Further on, the route takes you through the outskirts of Linlithgow. The town centre is well worth a visit, as is Linlithgow Loch, which was probably in existence when the fairytale Linlithgow Palace was constructed in 1425. Today anglers and watersports enthusiasts enjoy the loch’s waters in summer, and wintering wildfowl take their shift in autumn when it’s quiet. Signs for the Linlithgow Link will lead you from the John Muir Way into the centre of Linlithgow and back out to re-join the Way. The Link route leaves the east-bound John Muir Way (i.e. heading towards Dunbar) near the Aqueduct, and the west-bound John Muir Way at Mill Road. It is signed Linlithgow Link east (LLe) and Linlithgow Link west (LLw) respectively.

Path quality

The route follows the canal towpath then joins a grassy path along the River Avon Heritage Trail. Cyclists avoid the grassy path by continuing along the towpath and using minor roads on the outskirts of Linlithgow.

There are public toilets at both bus stations in Falkirk, the train stations and all of the large supermarkets. En route you'll find them at Falkirk Wheel, Callendar Park and in Linlithgow itself.


Key things to note about this route section.

8.5 miles, 14 km
Average time to complete
4 hours' walking, 2.5 hours' cycling

Points of interest

VisitScotland Information Centre
Scotland's national tourism operator's centre.
River Avon Heritage Trail
The River Avon Heritage Trail takes in the disused Westfield Viaduct, Muiravonside Country Park and visitor centre, the Avon Aqueduct and the railway viaduct that carries the main Edinburgh to Glasgow line, where the trail ends.
Polmont Railway Station
Muiravonside Country Park
Muiravonside Country Park is two miles south of Grangemouth and covers 170 acres of woodland and parkland. It's free and open all-year-round. There's a lot to do with nature trails, picnic sites and play areas throughout the Park.
Linlithgow Town Centre
Discover the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. This idyllic town offers visitors the perfect blend of old and new with an array of wonderful sights, events, shopping and dining.
Linlithgow Railway Station
Linlithgow Burgh Halls
A stunning building with a dedicated art gallery, offering a cafe with garden, visitor information, events, classes, elegant spaces for hire and much more.
Falkirk Town Centre
Falkirk is an area steeped in history with a wealth of attractions, including the world's only rotating boat-lift, a steam railway line, a baronial mansion, a castle, museums, galleries and superb parks and gardens.
Easygo Electric Bikes
Electric bikes are a great way to get out and explore The John Muir Way and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, giving you time to relax and appreciate the landscapes, history and culture on offer while still getting plenty of exercise.
Callendar Park and House
Callendar House dates from the 14th century. It is set in the nationally-important historic designed landscape of Callendar Park, which also contains a section of the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site. Visit the Georgian kitchen and enjoy a break in the welcoming tearoom.
Beecraigs Country Park
Large country park with fishery, walks, play area, animal attractions, restaurant, caravan and camping space, and best of all: free admission!
Annet House Museum & Gardens
Visit Annet House Museum on the town’s High Street to discover Linlithgow’s fascinating history. Open from 1st April until the end of October. Admission is free but donations are welcome.


01324 718700
Linlithgow's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
Falkirk's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.


Spoke'n'Boot Camping Pods

Camping pods a short distance from the John Muir Way near Falkirk


01506 842144

Linlithgow's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
Falkirk's Hotel and B&B Accommodation

07734 833988


01506 842098


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