Falkland is a small picturesque town situated at the north foot of the East Lomond Hill,
in the heart Fife. Its unique charm and history led to Falkland being recognised as the first
conservation village in Scotland. Architecturally the burgh is of great interest with many
houses being over 300 years old. The layout is typically medieval with main street and
narrow cross wynds. The Palace was built by King James II, one of the finest examples of
French renaissance architecture.
It was built to accommodate the royal court and used mainly as a hunting lodge. It was at
the palace that Mary Queen of Scots enjoyed some of her happiest times. Britainís oldest
tennis court was built here in 1539 and is still in use to this day.
Tyndall Bruce and his wife lived in Falkland. He then became the hereditary keeper at Falkland
palace. There is a commemorative statue next to the parish church that he built. He also built
the Bruce fountain, one of the main focal points of the village, right opposite The Covenanter
As well as Falkland palace, there is plenty to do within the village. There are many pleasant
walks through the Falkland estate, or for the more adventurous, the Lomond hills offer great
walks and paths for mountain biking, with views reaching as far as Edinburgh on a clear day.
The village offers a small golf course and cricket club. As well as a handful of craft shops and
small pubs. As well as a small convenience store and post office, hairdressers and pharmacy.
Falkland is within easy reach of many major cities and towns i.e. Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth,
Dunfermline and St. Andrews.