Falkland Estate, a 1900 hectare rural estate, once the holiday retreat of Stuart royalty. Now offering visitor services from walks, accommodation, a cafe, shop, craft workshops, seasonal activities, monthly markets, weddings & events.
With stories steeped in history - from the Iron Age Hill Fort at the summit of East Lomond, to the more recent historical landscape architecture of breathtaking buildings, bridges, streams, and walkways - take in viewpoints, heritage buildings and woodland wonders across 27km.
Whether you venture far enough to take in the the peace and sights of the Lomond Hill Regional Park (the first of Scotland), or keep to core paths close to the main Stables Building, you are likely to spot a red squirrel, roe deer, and the native Belted Galloway cattle in the Home Farm fields. Venture a little further to take in the panoramic views over the Howe of Fife and down to Loch Leven.
One of 3 properties can be booked for a self-catering holiday. Two are located on the core of the Estate (the East Lodge and Coachman's Cottage); the other (Key House) sits adjacent to the historic Falkland Palace in the centre of the village and is a short walk through the Palace Orchard and over the Private Walk into the Estate. To find out more about these properties or to book them, search the property name on our booking agent website (Cottages.Com).
Whether you are here for an hour or a week, make time to sit back, relax and enjoy the view towards the hills from the cafe garden (under canopy), or sit in the indoor glass-fronted Gallery Exhibition space. Either option gives plenty for the eyes to feast on while you enjoy a coffee/tea, some homebaking or a rather indulgent tasty toastie. Our menu is refreshed regularly with seasonal offers and provides crowd-pleasing options including barista coffee, home-baked including gluten-free options and kids lunch boxes.
Venturing out into the landscape, through woodlands and over farm tracks following waymarked pathways you can discover the ruins of the Temple of Decision tucked up on the side of the hill amongst the higher forest; or meander a route that climbs up to the Tyndall Bruce Monument before returning through the woods past the Witch's Cave. Walk up through the Maspie Den following the flowing water of the Maspie Burn - those who reach the top will be rewarded with the sound and view of the Yad Waterfall. Those that wish to stay closer to the entrance to the estate can enjoy the Red Squirrel Trail; enjoy the peace of the Memorial Chapel; or simply enjoy the cafe, shop and gallery situated in the B-listed Stables Building.
A stone’s throw from the conservation village of Falkland - the film setting seen in Outlander as Inverness - with its internationally recognised fountain and view to Mrs Blair’s B&B; and the factually historic Falkland Palace - this small village offers much to see and do. Visit one of the many independent shops, cafes or craft outlets.
To see events and activities available for booking, visit our website. Everything from small crafting workshops to larger harvest celebrations, or a guided archaeological walk to the summit of East Lomond, there is a lot on offer at Falkland Estate.
Falkland Estate has a long, rich seam of history linked to power, royalty and elitism. Today Falkland Estate is pursuing an ambitious agenda to steward this place in ways that best serve the wellbeing of people and the environment. We are committed to exploring ways of living that are sustainable for people and place. Falkland Estate is in active conversation about a new ownership model – one in which moves the ownership and governance from the current private family to a model that is rooted in the community and sustainability.
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