Linlithgow Palace is another great option for those who are travelling to or from Edinburgh Airport.
Linlithgow is a small historic town with its own loch (lake) right in the centre of town. We often stop here on the way to the airport, for a last bit of sight-seeing and a chance for visitors to do last minute shopping for presents to take home with them.
The magnificent ruined Royal Palace overlooks its parkland and the loch. It was a popular residence for Scottish royalty from the 1400s onwards. Both James V (1512) and Mary Queen of Scots (1542) were born here. Mary was of course famously executed by England’s Queen Elizabeth I.
Good views over the loch from the rooftop of the Palace. If you feel like some exercise, there’s a one hour walk round the loch, or you could hire a boat.