If you’re krazy about keeping up with Kim Kardashian West (right), look no further than one of the world’s biggest nightclub hubs. Dubai has become one of the top celeb hideaways – although, unluckily for them, celeb-spotting is now a popular pastime for locals. The city’s prestigious night scene is known to host the crème de la crème, as VIPs are invited to discover the famous Cavalli Club, indulge in the mesmerising experience of the Cirque Du Soir or travel to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world (830m), to reach the exclusive Armani Privé lounge. Shaking o its original fishing village roots, this desert oasis has multiplied its wealth tenfold, becoming a magnet for the rich and famous. From its glamorous nightlife to opulent hotels and over 40 shopping malls, it is no shock that the Kardashians make regular visits to get their Dubai fix.


It was Mary of Guise who declared she had never seen a more princely palace The Palace stands in what is collectively called The Peel which, like Falkland Palace, is still a royal park. To walk round the loch – which gives fine views to palace, church and town – takes about an hour. Two of the loch’s islets are artificial, being crannogs (loch dwellings of about 5,000 years ago). Yellow water lilies have flowered in the loch for centuries, and it is a bird sanctuary, sometimes with wintering swans gathering in hundreds. At the period when the palace was being used, gardens, orchards and an apiary surrounded it, and the loch would provide water for brewing as well as fish, eels, ducks and swans for eating. When Bonnie Prince Charlie marched in, the fountain was reputedly spouting wine! South of Linlithgow lie the Bathgate Hills, as they tend to be called, and they have three notable sites worth visiting, either afoot from Linlithgow or, quite feasible, by taxi: a country park (with a red deer herd), a notable wee hill with a big view and one of Scotland’s finest prehistoric sites. The last really needs one’s own transport but is briefly mentioned here, while Beecraigs Country Park and Cockleroy give some verticality as an alternative to the constant contoured level of the travel destination! The best approach is up from Bridge 45, Preston Road Bridge, reached from the west end of the High Street or by walking along the towpath from the Manse Basin. When Preston Road reaches the edge of town there’s a good path for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and energetic wheelchair users, running parallel with the road to give safe access to the Hillhouse Woods and Beecraigs. Many gates allow farm access to fields, and when the route turns left, eastwards, a map board describes the woodland stretching ahead. The path steadily rises and gives opportunity for tree recognition games; there’s Scots pine, larch and other conifers, oak, ash, sycamore, beech, gean (sweet cherry), rowan, hazel and elder.

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