Falkland, Fife, Scotland
Welcome to Falkland, a beautiful village in county Fife Scotland.
Top Reasons to go:
Stunning 16th C village
Local craftsman shops
I'm sad to say I didn't get to spend a great deal of time in this village but what little time I had I made the best of. I arrived mid afternoon on a brisk November day. As you can see the sun was already well on it's way down.
This time of year the main attraction of the village Falkland Palace was closed. It's rather a large impressive building built in the 1500's by commission of King James the IV of Scotland. It was intended as a pleasure palace that would serve the royal family and nobles as a luxurious location to entertain with country pursuits such as hunting and falconry. There had previously been a castle on this site which was destroyed by the English army in 1371.
There is a tennis court on the grounds which was built in 1541, which was later scandalized by Mary Queen of Scots as she insisted upon playing in men's breeches.
More recently the village is known for it's appearance in the popular TV series Outlander. The village played a starring role as the Inverness of the 1940's. For more information on filming locations and sites within the village, see the images below.
The one location that I didn't get an image of is Fayre Earth Gift Shop which served as Farrell's Hardware and Furniture Store (Claire muses over a vase in the window). I did however go into the shop and I can report that they have a treasure trove of beautiful locally handmade crafts from recycled materials & fairly traded. Visit their Facebook page below:
Can you see Claire brushing her hair in the window? The same view from the mysterious Highlander's perspective. You can actually still feel the heat on the side of the fountain from Sam Heughan's body. Not joking, he's that hot.
Hours of Operation & Fees
So...it's a village so there aren't really any hours of operations or fees (unless you're going to shop and/or eat).
However having said that, know that most shops/cafes shut at 5pm.
You could take the kids, although this may not be the most entertaining trip in the world for them. There is Falkland Palace which might be interesting for them.
There is a fantastic little shop in the village for the wee ones with some truly gorgeous and unique items called Bonnie Boo Kids. Visit their website here:
This quiet village has become a hot spot for tourists since it was featured in the Outlander series. This is a boon for local businesses as long as visitors remain respectful of the village, it's residents and monuments.