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Overview

Distance:
14 miles, 22.4 km
Average time to complete:
6 hours' walking, 3 hours' cycling

Description

Leaving Linlithgow you travel through some wonderfully rural countryside.

The Fisherrow walk gives you superb views and was used by wives of fishermen travelling between Bo'ness and Linlithgow to sell their catches. If you fancy a relaxed pedal on the route, try hiring an electric bike in Linlithgow or Bo'ness (from the East Pier St car park). Bo'ness itself is a delightful town with an architectural mix that ranges from 16th-century housing to the Hippodrome Cinema from the 1920s. Look out for the steam railway and bird-watching opportunities by the shore. Further on you journey through the large, beautifully managed Hopetoun House Estate before reaching the southern end of the Forth's road and rail bridges at South Queensferry. The town also boasts a harbour and numerous fine restaurants.

Terrain

Mainly quiet roads and tracks. There are several public toilets in Linlithgow: at the rail station, Sainsbury's, the Vennel and the Water Yett, one in Blackness at the Square and in Bo'ness at Tesco, Lidl, and Register St.

Getting There

By rail: Linlithgow sits on the Edinburgh-Glasgow line. South Queensferry has Dalmeny train station, with regular services to and from Edinburgh.

By bus: the X38 bus service links Linlithgow and Edinburgh and there is a First bus service no. 2 between Falkirk and Bo'ness. For travel between Bo'ness, Blackness and Edinburgh, see the Bo'ness Community Bus.

By car: parking is limited at Linlithgow but free spaces are available beside the loch. In South Queensferry parking is available along the front towards the Forth (Rail) Bridge and there is also plentiful parking in Bo'ness. Please note, visitors to Blackness are advised not to go by car as space is very limited in the village. Abercorn has similar pressures, with no public parking available, so it's best to walk or cycle there.

Points of interest

Queensferry Museum

Queensferry museum helps visitors to explore the past and traditions of historic Queensferry and neighbouring Dalmeny.

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Kinneil Museum

Kinneil Museum is located in the 17th-century stable block of Kinneil House, and acts as an interpretive centre for Kinneil Estate. The exhibition '2,000 Years of History' tells the story of the park from Roman times to the present day.

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Kinneil Local Nature Reserve

Great mixed woodland walks with an opportunity to visit Kinneil House, a 15th-century tower house.

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House of the Binns

Set in beautifully landscaped parkland overlooking the River Forth, this fascinating laird’s house has been the home of the Dalyells for over 400 years. The estate is open all year but please note the house itself is closed.

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Forth Bridges

Three impressive bridges spanning three centuries cross the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, including the original rail Forth Bridge, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Bo'ness Town Centre

This quiet coastal town has an incredible range of historic buildings dating back to the 16th century, alongside a steam railway and Scotland's oldest cinema.

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Blackness Castle

This imposing 15th century castle has hosted garrisons, prisoners and more recently many a film crew. Climb the towers for fantastic views of the Forth. Please note parking in the castle car park and external grounds is limited to paying customers only.
Open 10am-4pm daily

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Kinneil House

Historic Home of the Dukes of Hamilton, the house dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries. It's open on selected days throughout the year and guides from The Friends of Kinneil take people through the House and tell its fascinating story. Check with Kinneil Museum for information on the next open days.

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Hopetoun House

This magnificent house dates from the 17th century and sits in majestic grounds with nature trails and scenic walks. The Stables Tea-room serves lunches & refreshments.

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Bridgeness Slab

A replica of the ancient Roman distance slab found here at the eastern end of the Antonine Wall.

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Bo'ness Hippodrome

The Hippodrome is Scotland's oldest purpose-built cinema. Screening everything from blockbusters, to foreign cinema, indie gems, and classics, it also hosts the annual Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema in March each year.

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Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway

Take a step back in time with a ride on a steam train and learn all about the history of rail travel at the museum and visitor centre.

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External Links

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