Visit Falkland and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Falkland, Fife, a small royal burgh between Markinch and Strathmiglo, lies at the foot of the East Lomond Hill (1,477 ft) on the fringe of the fertile Howe of Fife. Its character derives mainly from its associations with the Stuart kings who built the attractive palace that dominates the High Street, and frequented it as a hunting-lodge. Probably started by James III, on the site of the older castle of Falkland, the palace was much enlarged in the reign of James IV, and the South range was embellished by James V during preparations for his marriage first to Magdalene, daughter of Francois I of France, and then, after her early death, to the French king's adopted daughter, Mary of Lorraine. The East range and Cross House contain the King's Room, where it is thought James V died (of melancholy or jaundice) shortly after hearing news of the birth of his own daughter, Mary Queen of Scots. It is here he is said to have uttered his prophecy about the Stuart monarchy: “It cam wi' a lass, it will gang wi' a lass”.
This room has been specially decorated and furnished by the National Trust for Scotland, who are now responsible for the upkeep of the palace. Major Michael Crichton Stuart, the hereditary constable, captain, and keeper of the palace, whose family started restoration of the fabric at the end of the last century, now lives in the South range. Apart from the keeper's personal apartments, the palace and its extensive garden are regularly open to visitors; an admirable guide written by one of the most lively of Scottish historians, Sir lain Moncreiffe of the Ilk, is published by the National Trust for Scotland. Adjoining the twin-towered gatehouse of the palace, St Andrew's House and Key House, typical of the dwellings occupied by courtiers and members of the Stuart royal household, have been restored by Major Crichton Stuart. The thatched Moncreif House opposite the palace was the home of Nicol Moncreif, one of King James VI's personal bodyguard, and Brunton House off Cross Wynd was at one time the home of the Simsons of Brunton who had served the Stuart kings as royal falconers.
Nearby towns: Cupar, Glenrothes, Kinross
Nearby villages: Aberargie, Abernethy, Arngask, Auchterderran, Auchtermuchty, Ballingry, Buckhaven, Buckhaven and Methil, Cameron Bridge, Collessie, Dron, Dunbog, East Wemyss, Freuchie, Gateside, Kennoway, Kilmaron, Kinglassie, Kingskettle, Ladybank, Leslie, Lindores, Markinch, Methil, Milton of Balgonie, Monimail, Moonzie, Newburgh, Pitlessie, Springfield, Strathmiglo, Thornton
Have you decided to visit Falkland or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Falkland bed and breakfast (a Falkland B&B or Falkland b and b)
- a Falkland guesthouse
- a Falkland hotel (or motel)
- a Falkland self-catering establishment, or
- other Falkland accommodation