This West Lothian family walk is an easy circular stroll around the stunning Linlithgow Loch. If you are looking to get your kids outdoors in West Lothian and want a nice walk that is not too long and difficult, then Linlithgow Loch is perfect for that afternoon family stroll. If you are also an Outlander fan then Linlithgow is one of the many Outlander film locations in West Lothian.

View of Linlithgow loch

Some parts of the walk can be muddy if it has been raining (which is common in Scotland!), so it may be an idea to bring wellies so your little ones can go puddle jumping.

You could just do the walk or you could explore Linlithgow further by heading to Linlithgow Palace and walking around the town. There are a number of cafes, pubs, shops for you to look around and get a drink or a bite to eat.

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Linlithgow Loch Circular Walk

Parking in Linlithgow

There are several car parks in Linlithgow where you can start your Linlithgow Palace walk. We usually park at the Long Stay Carpark (free Linlithgow parking) which is located up near Tescos. However, there is a Pay and Display car park near the Palace which is more centrally located. Although this car park does tend to get busy due to its location.

young child running along a walking trail

Starting the Linlithgow Loch Walk

As it is circular you can start at various points. We tend to walk anti-clockwise from the long stay car park which seems to go against the grain, as everyone is walking towards us! You could start at the palace and walk from there in either direction.

It is pretty easy to follow but there are a few signposts around the town if you need a helping hand to guide you.

Total Walk Time

Roughly an hours walk depending on how fast your little ones walk.

View of Linlithgow loch

Play Areas in Linlithgow

There are 2 play areas located near to the Palace which is good fun. They are also good for when you need to give your kids a target to keep them walking.

Public Toilets

The public toilets at the Vennel have now been closed. However, if you head over to the West Lothian Council website you can find where other toilets are located in Linlithgow for you to use.

View of Linlithgow loch and Linlithgow Palace in the distance


Mostly flat, incline up to the palace. On the Palace side of the loch, it is mostly tarmac, however, on the other side of the loch, the path can be pretty wet and muddy (weather dependant).

Total Ascent


Pram friendly

Yes, although probably best for an all-terrain pram so your little ones are jumping about too much.

Have you been to Linlithgow Loch before? Let me know in the comments below what you thought of it!


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