Map of places

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The Four Mary's  is an award winning pub with a bar at the front of the pub and a dining area to the rear. The drinking area is not as big as the outside gives the impression.

Forth Valley Camra Pub of the Year  1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2009;

Good Pub Guide 2013; Good Beer Guide (CAMRA) 2013

Featured in Bob Steel's Edinburgh Pub Walks

Have  two pints here


real ale    : 4 Mary's (brewed by Bellhave); Deuchars; Bellhaven 80/-; St Andrew's; Bitter & Twisted; Schiehallion; Thrappledowser

heavy       : Bellhaven Best

lager         :  Stella; Carling

cider         :  Strongbow                                               Guinness

It does not matter if your glass is half full or half empty if you have plenty of glasses.

Linlithgow lies off of the M9 from Edinburgh going North. It is also accessed by the Edinburgh-Glasgow rail line. Between the High Street and the motorway lies the picturesque Linlithgow Loch.


There are few large shops on the High Street with larger stores found a little bit beyond each end of the High Street. Therefore, the High Street has many old buildings on it. North off of the middle of the High Street and sitting by the Loch is Linlithgow Palace. This was the birthplace of James V and of Mary Queen of Scots, although most people remember only Mary Queen of Scots. Next to the Palace is St Michael's church.


Linlithgow has a black dog pictured on its coat of arms. This is from a story of a black greyhound which took food to its master when he was imprisoned on an island on the Loch.

Platform 3 is found close to the railway station. It makes good use of its narrow confines with  a compact bar that does not take away to much drinking area. It is very popular and always has a buzz about it. There is a train close to the roof going backwards and forwards. (a larger similar train detail is found in The Rowan Tree in Oban).  There is also a large rubber duck collection.

Good Beer Guide (CAMRA) 2013

Featured in Bob Steel's Edinburgh Pub Walks

Have a pint or two


real ale    : Stewart's No 3, Nessie, Deuchers

heavy        : McEwan's

lager         :Tennent's, Stella,

cider         : Magners                                                  Guinness

A tour of the ten pubs (marked with the blue indication points on the map) will begin at the railway station and take us up the High Street, visiting 5, then back down again via the other 5. Just at the corner of the High Street is the first - Platform 3. Walk up the High Street staying on the left pavement (away from the roundabout) and miss the first pub (Old Post Office) and stop at The Four Mary's. Move up the street to reach The Footballer & Cricketer's Arms. Staying on this side of the High Street walk on towards The Crown Arms. Walk on upwards, missing The Lithgae Arms, until at the cross roads and diagonally opposite are two pubs The Black Bitch Tavern and The West Port Hotel. Visit the West Port Hotel first and that is the five going up the High Street. The Black Bitch Tavern should be the first on the return journey. Next then is back to The Lithgae Arms which became Kelpies and is now Rosey Posey. Cross the road and walk on to reach The Swan Tavern. It is then a long walk back to The Auld Hole I' Th' Wa'  now called 1807 just over the hill. Finally, The Old Post Office is visited before returning to Platform 3 and then the train.

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The Football & Cricketer's Arms is a two roomed pub with the left-hand side having a circular bar with not a lot of room around it. The second room has lounge style small tables and cushioned wall benches. The English of the name seems wrong


Have pint here

real ale    : nil

heavy         :McEwan's 70?-; McEwan's Export, Tartan; Bellhaven Best

lager         : Stella, Carling

cider         :Magners, Blackthorn                                

                                 Bellhaven Black,                 Guinness

The Crown Arms is a small one roomed pub. It always seems busy and loud with conversation. It has a real fire blazing .

One of Scotland's heritage pubs - CAMRA (although changed a little since the book was published)


Have a pint here


heavy       :Bellhaven best; McEwan's, John Smith

lager        : Tennent's

cider         : Strongbow                             Guinness



All of the pubs are on the main road through the town.

Some pubs are very popular while other similar pubs nearby are almost empty.


Quite a few of the pubs are a single room wide, making them narrow, and do not go back very far making them small and usually friendly.

Drink and Music


Aaron Pritchett - Hold My Beer While I kiss Your Girlfriend


What sport uses the heaviest ball?





Tasmanian devil