Linlithgow to South Queensferry

Linlithgow to South Queensferry

Linlithgow to South Queensferry
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 cruising the route, try hiring an electric bike in Linlithgow before journeying on. 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 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.

Path Quality

Mainly quiet roads and tracks.

There are several public toilets in Linlithgow: at the rail station, Sainsbury's, Homebase, the Vennel and the Water Yett, one in Blackness at the Square and three in Bo'ness at Tesco, Provost Road and East Pier bus station.


Key things to note about this route section.

14 miles, 23 km
Average time to complete
7 hours' walking, 3 hours' cycling

Horse Trials will be occurring at Hopetoun estate on the 29th & 30th of June 2019, which involves horses galloping at speed. All John Muir walks will be open, but beware of the animals and listen to the Hopetoun House stewards. See the news item here.

Points of interest

Queensferry Museum
Queensferry museum helps visitors to explore the past and traditions of historic Queensferry and neighbouring Dalmeny.
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.
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.
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.
Kinneil Foreshore Local Nature Reserve
Great mixed woodland walks with an opportunity to visit Kinneil House, a 15th-century tower house.
Kinneil Brew Hoose
The brewery is behind the Corbie Inn at Corbiehall in Bo'ness West Lothian. The bottled beers are now available on line through The Real Ale Warehouse.
House of the Binns
Home of the Dalyell family since 1612, this house reveals their lives and interests through the centuries. The Estate is open all year but the House is open from 1st June-30th September.
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.
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.
Bridgeness Slab
Roman distance slab location.
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.
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.’
Bo'ness Community Bus
The Bo'ness Community Bus provides a valuable transport link between Bo’ness and Edinburgh via Blackness and is run by a not-for-profit charity.
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.
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.


The Village Shop
The Village Shop sells groceries - from fresh rolls, chilled and frozen foods, confectionery, Cold drinks, ice cream and gifts. Our take away section - provides hot and cold rolls, toasties, tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
South Queensferry's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
Bo'ness' selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.



0131 331 4345

South Queensferry's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
Rooms at Ravenous Beastie

0131 319 1447

Parkhead House

0131 331 4348

Orocco Pier
Linlithgow's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
Bo'mains Farm B&B

01506 822188