Top Up and Walk: Linlithgow Cross
Approx. Distance: 3 Miles
Paw Scale: 5/5
The historic West Lothian town of Linlithgow is perfect for walkers – with loads of options to choose from, through woodlands and around lochs and of course the stunning palace where Mary Queen of Scots was born.
You can top up from the tap with your refillable bottle at The Cross in the heart of the town. It’s a great meeting point for heading off and exploring the area. From here you can wander around Linlithgow Peel and loch – with all eyes drawn to Linlithgow Palace itself, which has played a part in many chapters of Scotland’s history as well as provided a backdrop to films and TV productions.
It’s a 3-mile circular route and you can start and finish at the Top Up Tap.
Along the way you’ll also see plenty of wildlife on the loch as it’s home to swans, ducks and other birdlife.
You can also wander along the Union Canal which runs along the south side of the bustling High Street, which itself is packed with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, beyond the main Edinburgh-Glasgow railway line.
Walking east takes you out into the West Lothian countryside towards Edinburgh where the canal ends at Fountainbridge.
Turning west takes you to the impressive Muiravonside aqueduct, country park and on to the Falkirk Wheel where it joins with the Forth and Clyde canal.
Whichever route you choose, every step of the way is a step made in Scotland’s history – whether back in time to Mary Queen of Scots or the more industrial heritage of the area.
Lying to the south of the town on the edge of the Bathgate Hills, is Beecraigs Country Park, with several options for walks depending on your appetite for exercise. From Balvormie car park you can strike out up Cockleroy Hill and enjoy views right across the Forth Valley as far as Stirling and the Trossachs.
From the deer farm on the east side of the park, you can savour the views to Edinburgh, the Pentland Hills, across to the Kindom of Fife and beyond to the Forth Bridges.