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.

Overview

Key things to note about this route section.

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

Points of interest

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 Palace and Loch
Linlithgow Palace was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. Its magnificent ruins are set in a park beside a loch which is rich in wildlife.
Linlithgow Museum
Home to a restored statue of Mary Queen of Scots plus interactive exhibitions for all ages, the museum is open 6 days a week.
Linlithgow Canal Centre
Canal Cruises to Avon Aqueduct, Linlithgow Boat Trips, Tearoom, Canal Museum, Charters and Self-Drive Canal Boat Hire. Open from Easter until the end of September.
Linlithgow Burgh Halls
A stunning building with a dedicated art gallery, offering a cafe with garden, visitor information, events and more.
Beecraigs Country Park
Large country park with fishery, walks, play area, animal attractions, restaurant, caravan and camping space, and best of all: free admission!
Avon Aqueduct
Scotland's largest aqueduct carries the Union Canal over the River Avon. Enjoy the view from this 200-year-old engineering marvel.

Facilities

THE BIKE & SKI CLINIC
01324 718700
Linlithgow's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.

Accommodation

Strawberry Bank House B&B

01506 848372

PREMIER INN

0870 1977098

Palace View Guest House

07896 278128

MACDONALD INCHYRA HOTEL & SPA

01324 711911

LOCH HOUSE CARAVAN PARK AND CAMP SITE

01506 842144

LISMORE HOUSE B&B

01324 720929

Linlithgow's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
Leapark Hotel

01324 486733

Heart of Scotland Glamping

01324 711011

Glenavon House B&B

01506 847088

CRAIGS SELF-CATERING LODGES

07734 833988

BELSYDE HOUSE/FARM

01506 842098

BEECRAIGS CARAVAN AND CAMPING SITE

01506 844516