Livingston, formerly Livingston New Town, is situated between Glasgow and Edinburgh and easy to get from west and east. Being sited next to the M8 and the A71 gives Livingston good road connections to North, South East and west. Linlithgow (Historic Town) is the other side of the Bathgate Hills and is approx 30 minute drive from my home.
St Michael’s Parish Church
Churches dedicated to St Michael have traditionally been placed on high ground and St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow, is no exception. Built on the rise between the town of Linlithgow and Linlithgow Loch, anywhere else this large church would command instant attention over a wide area. But here it shares the stage with its larger neighbour, Linlithgow Palace, which lies immediately to its north.
(1) St Katherine’s Aisle Window – Technical details: Canon 500D, f4.5, Canon EFS 18-200 mm Zoom @ 28 mm, Shutter 1/40th sec ISO 100
Stroll Around Linlithgow Loch
A circular walk 2.25 miles around Linlithgow Loch is a nice way to while away some time. Dependant on how you treat the walk it can take 30 minutes for joggers to an hour for the stroller, even more if you stop to enjoy the wildlife and views etc. Feeling somewhat housebound Susan and I decided to go feed the swans and ducks – taking seed not bread, and my camera.
Swans, Ducks etc.
The loch is well known for the water fowl, ducks and swans. Whilst used to humans around them they are still untamed wild birds, and if you get too close you get one warning, especially from a mute swan.
(4) Technical details: Canon 500D, f3.5, Canon EFS 18-200 mm Zoom @ 18 mm, Shutter 1/30th sec ISO 200
As we walk around the loch the terrain changes to a wilder less maintained landscape. This of course allows the wild flowers to bloom and prosper much to the delight of the bugs, butterflies, moths and of course THE flower of Scotland – The Thistle.
(5) Technical details: Canon 500D, f8, Sigma 150-500mm Zoom @ 500mm, Shutter 1/840th sec ISO 200
Royal Ruins – Linlithgow Palace
As we walk around the loch the ruins of the once Royal Place of the Stuarts attract the eye. Birthplace of the last Queen of Scots, Mary Stuart the ill fated Queen. James V before he died is reported to have said “it came wi a lass, it’ll gang wi a lass” (meaning “It began with a girl and it will end with a girl”).
(6) Technical details: Canon 500D, f8, Canon EFS 18-200 mm Zoom @ 100 mm, Shutter 1/125th sec ISO 125