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Linlithgow to Ratho canal route – out and back – 26 miles

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Follows the route of the Union Canal from Linlithgow (approx. 10 miles west of Edinburgh) to Ratho and is part of the National Cycle Network Route 76. Flat and traffic free (although by it’s nature close to water!). Out and back route is around 26 miles. Start is in the historic town of Linlithgow, home of the now ruined Royal Palace, once the residence of the Stewart kings. The turning point (half way stage) is Ratho which is home to the Edinburgh Canal Centre.
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The route is easy to follow as it merely follows the canal. Start at the Linlithgow Canal Centre (stock up with refreshments and goodies from the tea room housed in the Centre). It’s straightforward to the canal itself, merely follow the signs. Drop onto the towpath and keep the canal on your RIGHT side (heading east towards Edinburgh).

After about six miles you pass through the village of Winchburgh (local pub in village), with the remains of Niddry Castle visible on your left as you leave the outskirts of the village.

You then pass through the town of Broxburn, and eventually you come to the M8 (don’t worry, you pass underneath this!), which you parallel (at distance) for the next three to four miles – but the good news is you also get to go across the Almond Viaduct which is an impressive piece of engineering in it’s own right.

A mile or so after the viaduct you reach the village of Ratho. In Ratho there is a pub (the Bridge Inn) by the Edinburgh Canal Centre where you can quench your thirst before heading back the same way.


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