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Member Led Event: Exploring Linlithgow

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Member Led Event: Exploring Linlithgow

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May 03 2024 10:00 - 16:00
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This is a Member-Led Event, with a maximum of 8 participants, led by Viv Cotton ARPS, following the successful initial 2023 event in Linlithgow.

Linlithgow is a town steeped in history due to its position on the main medieval route between the power centres of Stirling and Edinburgh.

The stand-out landmark is the 15th Century Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, and next door is St Michael’s Church with the aluminium spire inspired by the crown of thorns. The palace is located next to Linlithgow loch which features a variety of waterfowl including swans, moor hens, coots, and ducks. Fishermen are also frequently out in small rowing boats aiming to catch trout.

This walk offers a variety of photographic options including historic buildings, scenic Linlithgow Loch and Canal Basin, including a visit to the interior of St Michaels Church (however this is dependent on events which may be on in the church); it is also hoped that the Cherry Blossom may be out on the path to the Peel/Rose Garden.

Meet: at The Cross, the small square in the centre of town, in front of the Burgh Halls, for a 10am start.  Finish will be around 16:00.

By Train: Linlithgow Railway Station is less than 10 mins walk from the meeting point.

Parking: can be a challenge in Linlithgow; however, the following options are suggested:

St Ninians Way Car Park (free) - just off the High Street, turn immediately behind the flats and go down the short road to the car park at the bottom next to the children’s play area.

Water Yett Car Park (free) - Just off the High Street behind the Linlithgow Medical Practise (some sections are "residents only" but the area nearest the loch is general use, however it is popular especially by the fishermen)

The Vennell Car Park (pay and display), Kirkgate, EH49 7EY - located behind the small square in the centre of town, close to the road to the Palace. All day parking costs £5 (price correct as of 29/10/23)

Toilets: are available at the Water Yett car park; Linlithgow Railway Station (when the ticket office is open); Four Mary’s at lunchtime.

Terrain: while his walk is mainly on pavements, the route to one viewpoint for the Palace is a dirt path which can be soft and muddy if recent weather has been wet. There will some uneven surfaces including cobbles.  Walking will be relatively on the flat, however there is a short incline up the Palace, and to the Canal Basin. Care is advised near the edge of Linlithgow Loch as some edge stones are not even. The canal basin also has boat attachment points and other trip hazards near the edge.

Note:In this public space, please keep you camera bags close-by and secured; also be cognisant of other users of the paths. 

What to wear:

Suitable outdoor clothing for the weather, including waterproof jacket (just in case), and comfortable walking shoes. Walking will be on pavements and paths so hiking/walking boots are not essential.

Food & drink:a pub lunch at the Four Mary’s in the centre of Linlithgow will be booked for all participants. (cost not included).  There are nearby alternative options including nearby cafés, Subway, Tesco, Greggs etc.

What to bring: camera with a standard zoom lens will be of most use, options be: a wide-angle lens and/or telephoto zoom; tripod/remote release for longer exposures; filters including polariser.

    Bad weather plan: if bad weather, then the trip may be postponed.

    Advice: This is a member-lead event, simply to introduce you to a location, with no professional guidance. The leader is also willing to offer general technical support and advice to inexperienced photographers. 

    Terms for RPS Landscape Group Events:

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    You are responsible for your own health and safety and must appraise your own strength, fitness and mobility; and be prepared for the terrain, changing weather conditions etc. The event leader is NOT responsible for your safety, welfare or attendant medical conditions. Strictly the event leader is there to introduce you to a location.

    You are responsible for your equipment etc at all times; use suitable bags for carrying it.

    Car-sharing lifts with fellow participants, or the event leader, is at your own risk. Those offering car-sharing lifts may only do so provided that they have suitable insurance cover. 

    Liability for any accident, injury, medical condition, loss or damage to property, inappropriate behaviour, dress, equipment and third party liability is accepted by you when signing up for the event. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Royal Photographic Society from all claims of whatsoever nature.


    You are advised to consider having insurance to cover: event cancellation by you or by us, accident, medical, personal equipment and public liability.

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    Thank you

    RPS Landscape Group Committee


    Events organised by the Landscape Group of the Royal Photographic Society.


    The Cross (in front of Burgh Halls.), EH49 7AH Linlithgow


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