I'd highly recommend Highfield House, it's a beautiful old country house, with a lovely peaceful atmosphere and an idyllic garden which guests are free to enjoy. My room was large, with a huge bed, and the ensuite bathroom had a bath big enough for me to lie down in! Jill ably runs the B&B, the breakfast was really nice, and guests ate all together at the large table, which I found sociable and fun, as a lone traveller. Jill is a great hostess, very approachable and full of sensible suggestions about things to do and where to go. Trains run frequently to Edinburgh city centre a few miles away. It was just my kind of place, homely, comfortable and welcoming.
Booked a one night stay as we were attending wedding nearby. Very confusing way into hotel through its cafe. Never did find reception just a small cupboard like messy office. Interior signs were quite confusing. Staff were friendly, though we were annoyed to have them chapping on our door at 8.50am wanting in to clean room. Breakfast was served in the cafe and for the cost of the room for a night was a bit tacky. Room itself was spotless and comfortable. No plug near the only mirror was a pain if you wanted to use a hairdyer. Nice enough hotel but overpriced when you had to wander all over hotel trying to find someone to check you in and when you see where breakfast was served.
Was totally delighted with this place which is located up in the hills just a few kms from the centre of Linlithgow. Lodge is modern and has nice well maintained grounds and the owner is very polite and friendly. Our Upstairs room was warm and breezy and we enjoyed meeting and chatting with other travellers in the upstairs lounge which overlooks the internal dining room. Wonderful fresh continental breakfast (which you pay for as an optional extra).A very positive introduction to Scotland for us and one we would highly recommend. Good trouble free wireless internet.
Due west of the capital, much of West Lothian is industrial and of limited interest to tourists. Where it meets the Firth of Forth however, South Queensferry is a charming small waterside town with great views of the magnificent Forth Bridges. Boats go from here to peaceful Inchcolm Island with its ruined abbey. Nearby is the grand 18th-century pile of Hopetoun House, and the splendid ruins of Mary Queen of Scots’ birthplace, Linlithgow Palace.
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