Jane Meighan's little Scottish Town
Not all of us can come from big cities brimming with lots of exciting lights, some of us hark from places that are better described as small and idyllic. Jane Meighan, is one of those smaller town souls who's been inspired into travel partly as a way to see a bit more of life than the beautiful hills and historic dales that surround her home town of Linlithgow, Scotland.
Jane blogs as Runaway Jane, but specially for our series of Questionnaires for Experts, Bloggers and other Travel Knowledgeables, she's dashing back home to give us the highlights of where she grew up. It may not be New York, but by the sounds of it Linlithgow has a lot going for it as a place to break away from everything.
Where's your home town, and what's the main reason people visit?
I grew up in a small Scottish town called Linlithgow that no one’s ever heard…not even most Scottish people! We do get some tourists who come to the town as there is a lot of historical significance, with Linlithgow Palace being the birth place of Mary Queen of Scots, and which is probably the main reason people visit.
What's the main reason you think people SHOULD be visiting?
Linlithgow is a beautiful town very close to Edinburgh. Much of the high street has been standing for over 200 years, with some of the little shops having such small door ways (due to people being much smaller all those years ago) that you have to crouch just to go into them. It’s a town with a lot of charm, and is easily commutable to Edinburgh if you are looking for somewhere a lot cheaper to stay near the city.
If you had to recommend to the friend of a friend one unmissablething to do in your home town what would it be?
Visit Linlithgow Book Shop – voted the number 1 independent book shop in Scotland several years in a row. It’s my favorite little hangout, and the building itself is steeped in history.
If they had a whole day in town what would you recommend they do?
Take a walk around Linlithgow Loch (starting at the Blackness Rd entrance), and ending up at Linlithgow Palace. Have a picnic lunch on the hill overlooking the loch, and from there you can explore the palace and St Michaels Kirk, both of which are steeped in hundreds of years of history. You can then take a quick walk back down to the High Street, which itself is steeped in so much history.
There are hundreds of little independent shops dotted along the street, for a bit of shopping, a highlight being the Linlithgow Book Shop. Once you are finished exploring the high street, you can head to Bar Leo, a little independent Italian restaurant, serving delicious food, and with friendly local staff.
What if they had three days?
Linlithgow is one of those towns that all the touristy stuff can be done within a day or two at most. The town however is very close to Edinburgh, only 20 minutes away by train, so a day out in the capitol is something that can easily be done on day two, whilst also avoiding Edinburgh hotel prices.
On day 3 you could depart the city by canal, as there are boats which depart the city along the famous Scottish canal network, passing by the Falkirk Wheel, and onto the West of Scotland.
What will you never catch a local doing?
Jumping in the loch!
What WILL you catch a local doing?
Having a traditional Scottish pub lunch in one of the town’s many pubs.
And what local delicacies would visitors be fools not to try whilethey're there?
There aren’t really any local delicacies local to only Linlithgow that I can think of, but there are many Scottish one’s such as haggis, mince n tatties, and tatties scones that you can taste while you are here.
In 140 characters, how would you sum up your home town as a greatdestination?
Linlithgow is a town steeped in history, and charm.
Anything else you want to add!?
Linlithgow may not be that exciting for a girl in her early 20s like me, but it does have a charm to it, and it is the kind of place perfect for a day trip. For me, it will always be home
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