Although it now remains as just a shell of a once very grand and very magnificent structure, the Palace of Linlithgow is by far one of the most notable and protected sites in Scotland. A royal manor has existed on the banks of Linlithgow Loch since the 12th
century. With the location boasting as prime real estate for the Crown, Mary, Queen of Scots ascended to the throne just six days after her birth at Linlithgow in the winter of 1542, in the same birthplace as her father James V in 1512. Many of the 17th century carvings and extensions of the palace were overseen by Master Mason William Wallace; who also notably designed the King’s Lodgings of Edinburgh Castle.
To some, it may just appear as a surviving veteran of historic royal living, but to others, especially die-hard Outlander fans like us, Linlithgow isn’t a palace but a prison. The location was used as the setting for the notorious Wentworth Prison. Jamie was imprisoned by the Redcoats here. The torture scenes were filmed in its dungeon, and our heroine was sentenced to hang inside its walls. Linlithgow also stood in for numerous scenes in the new Netflix movie about King Robert de Bruce, Outlaw King.
So naturally, Linlithgow Palace is an absolute must for our Outlander Film Locations day trip, just be sure to not get locked up!.