11am to 2pm, Wednesday 19 August 2020
Join your Kingdom of Fife Group as we visit Falkland Palace and Garden. This is an enjoyable event which provides a unique opportunity to explore a royal ‘pleasure palace’ with a Victorian twist.
Falkland Palace is inspired by the grand châteaux of France, in the 16th century James IV and his son James V transformed this favoured retreat of the royal Stuarts. The palace became one of the finest examples of renaissance architecture in Scotland.
One of Falkland’s most famous royal residents was Mary, Queen of Scotland. She was enchanted with the palace and took advantage of Falkland’s vast estate to pursue falconry and hunting, while also enjoying a game of tennis in what is now the oldest surviving real (or royal) tennis court in the world.
Today, visitors can wander through the historic orchard, complete with a living willow labyrinth, and marvel at the beauty of the formal gardens designed by Percy Cane.
Although it fell into disrepair after 1660, Falkland Palace was saved from ruin in the 19th century by the 3rd Marquess of Bute. Innovative and passionate, Bute gave the palace a new lease of life. Intricate wood paneling, impressive painted ceilings and beautifully carved furniture provide a visually stunning insight into Bute’s artistic vision, showcasing his respect for the palace’s Renaissance roots.
The Palace in not suitable for wheelchairs or anyone with mobility challenges, many parts of the garden are accessible but there are some with gravel paths.
Palace & Garden
One Adult Family £23.50
One Adult Family £11
National Trust for Scotland Members - Free
Falkland Palace, Falkland, Near Cupar, Fife, KY15 7BY