Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace was one of the principal residences of the monarchs of Scotland in the 15th and 16th centuries. Mary, Queen of Scots, was born here in 1542. Although maintained after Scotland's monarchs left for England in 1603, the palace was little used, and was accidently burned out in 1746. It is now a visitor attraction in the care of Historic Scotland.


The castle is reputedly haunted by a number of ghosts. Naturally, one of those is Mary, Queen of Scots, who seems to be one of the most well-travelled spectres ever. Her spectre has been reported in the area of the chapel. Another apparition is that of a Woman in White who brings about a drop in temperature before she appears.

Linlithgow Palace,


West Lothian,

EH49 7AL.


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For further information, please read Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

Linlithgow is a royal burgh in West Lothian, Scotland.

It lies 20 miles west of Edinburgh along the main railway route to Glasgow.

Pictured is Linlithgow Palace courtesy of AlistairMcMillan. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.