Nestled between the two Lomond Hills in Fife, near to St Andrews, Falkland is a pretty town that is famous for its royal palace. Stewart kings and Queens once lived in the area and hunted wild boar and deer in the nearby forests of Fife. Falkland is also famed for portraying the city of Inverness in Outlander, as Frank and Claire arrive there for their second honeymoon.
The town’s royal history has made it a popular attraction for many tourists, and the small, picturesque location retains its traditional charm and medieval roots. A large number of the buildings are over 300 years old, and the street layouts have remained the same for hundreds of years.
It is no surprise that Falkland was made Scotland’s first conservation area back in 1970, as there are very few other towns or villages in the country that have such historical and beautiful buildings.
Visiting Falkland Palace and Gardens
This royal palace boasts some of the most exceptional architecture from its time in Britain. It was a much-loved retreat for Mary Queen of Scots, and behind the old walls, the interior is lavishly decorated with intricate wall tapestries and dramatic furnishings.
Falkland Palace was constructed between 1501 and 1541 by James IV and James V and has been beautifully restored by The National Trust for Scotland. Within the palace and the gardens, you will find a charming chapel and one of only two 16th century tennis courts in the country – the second is at Hampton Court in England.
Things To See And Do In Falkland
The Falkland Palace mainly dominates Falkland, and for a good reason, but there are plenty of other stunning works of architecture and things to see and do in the town. Spending some time walking the old streets of Falkland is an excellent experience as you can explore the deep and genuine history of the area.
Heading out to the Lomond Hills is also a great way to spend a day, with a picturesque walk in the countryside hills. If you reach the top, you can experience some unbeatable views across Scotland.