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Falkland Town Information

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It's strategic position on a north-south route through the Lomond Hills made this site an ideal location for the castle built by Macduff, Thane of Fife. Destroyed by the English in 1337, the castle was rebuilt and was eventually sold to Robert Stewart.

In 1458, the town received its Royal Charter and in 1501 James IV commenced the construction of a palace on the site of the old castle.Falkland Palace was used more as a hunting lodge as both hunting and falconry were a popular pastime for the monarchy. The palace is now a National Trust for Scotland property. Here you will also find the Royal Tennis Court, built in 1539, Britain’s oldest tennis court, which today is home to a flourishing local royal tennis club.

The town itself is small and picturesque with pubs, restaurants and a 9-hole golf course for the visitor to enjoy.

Falkland Palace - Photo © Sam Styles
Falkland Palace - Photo: Sam Styles CCL