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An Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building

Linlithgow Palace (on the left) and St Michael’s Church (on the right) looking North East from the south side of Linlithgow Loch at the Vennel. Shot taken 23rd March 2011.

In Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, Linlithgow Palace was a favourite residence of the Stewart kings before the Union of the Crowns.

Linlithgow Palace is surrounded by the local park (the Peel). The Peel is a man made park which once was part of the adjacent Loch.

Occupying a prominent position beside Linlithgow Loch, the Palace is one of Scotland’s best known historic buildings, and the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Although designated as a Royal Palace, this imposing fortification qualifies as a defensive Castle and was built to be just that.

The first royal residence was established on this site in the 12th century; the present palace was started for King James I in 1425. James V was born here in 1512, and, by the time of the birth of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1542, the building had taken its present form.

Bonnie Prince Charlie was entertained here in 1745; a year later, after having been occupied by soldiers of the Duke of Cumberland, the palace was gutted by fire and has remained a noble ruin ever since.

Linlithgow Palace is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 37469).

St. Michael’s Church is the most complete surviving example of a large late medieval ‘burgh kirk’ in Scotland. Its western tower originally had a distinctive stone ‘crown spire’, of the type seen also on St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, or St. Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle-on-Tyne, which was removed in the early 19th century as it had become unsafe. In 1964 a replacement, the present aluminium spire, was added. The choice of spire was controversial at the time and the town was divided about it.

St Michael is the patron saint of the town and, in the form of the ancient church of that name, he still stands guard above its inhabitants.

St Michael’s Church is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 37499).

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix 4.0.2.

Related shots can be found at: Linlithgow, Lowland Scotland or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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  • Gary Murison
    Gary Murisonover 3 years ago

    Beautifully composed and taken shot Tom. The tone-mapping works very well and creates a great warming effect.

  • Cheers Gary, it was a typical grey Scottish day, but the view is worth it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sandra Cockayne
    Sandra Cockayneover 3 years ago

    Absolutely stunning dear Tom! Instant fave! S:)x

  • Thank you dear Sandi, I was born and brought up in Linlithgow …

    – Tom Gomez

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 3 years ago

    Awesome capture Tom

  • Thank you kindly Roy, I was born and brought up in Linlithgow …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lynda Heins
    Lynda Heinsover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture Tom….so much amazing history!!:-)

  • Thank you Lynda, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Joy Rensch
    Joy Renschover 3 years ago

    A very beautiful image with lots of interest. Lovely colour harmony.

  • Thank you kindly Joy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    Fabulous Tom!

  • Thank you dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 3 years ago

    I can see why the aluminium spire would have created a bit of a stir. How’s it holding up, do you know? Love the twin birds and all the reflections, Tom! Gorgeous scene!

  • Thank you so much Mel, the spire is still there, I remember the controversy, half of the town was in favour and the other half was opposed, now everyone has accepted it (it only took 47 years – hehe).

    The two birds are swans taking off from the loch, there is a large colony of mute swans here …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 3 years ago

    I’d probably have been on the side of tradition, however I suspect that the aluminium would hold up better than slate and timber over time…lol! The swans are lovely….we only have black swans in this hemisphere!

  • It has certainly held up over time. Personally, I have grown quite fond of it, but then I did grow up with it. I is the first thing you see as you approach the town from the East.

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Smith
    David Smithover 3 years ago

    An excellent shot good history,but i think the person who suggested and built the spire on the church should be left to hang on his handiwork this is totally out of keeping with the history that is involved here,

    Regards Dave.

  • Hehe, now that is the sort of passion that was evident at the time. The original crown would have been similar to this one or possibly this one

    – Tom Gomez

  • Dave Callaway
    Dave Callawayover 3 years ago

    Great capture of a beautiful building.. and thank you for the history.. :-)

  • Thank you kindly Dave …

    – Tom Gomez

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