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Falkland is a village 39 miles north of Edinburgh, 20 miles southwest of St Andrews. The village is popular for its historic Falkland Palace, old buildings in the town centre, Tennis Club, Falkland Golf Club, and a walk or drive up to the 1,512 feet Falkland Hill where there is a picnic area with great views.

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The image top is looking up the High Street with Falkland Palace gates to the right.

The image second top is of a cafe in the Village Square.

Falkland Parish Church, built in the 1850s, looks over the village square. There had been two earlier churches on this site from the 1500s and 1600s.

There is a statue of Tyndell Bruce in the church gardens. Bruce lived from 1790 to 1855. He was born in Bristol with his family being bankers, merchants and slave-traders. He married Margaret Stuart Hamilton Bruce in 1828 with them becoming Keepers of Falkland Palace. He is buried besides the Parish Church, which he helped build.

The Bruce Fountain was erected in 1856, the year after Tyndell Bruce died. The fountain is right in the centre of the village.

The Bruce Inn is situated just down the High Street from the Square with a diner and gardens. Parts of the Inn may date to 1607.

Across the road from the Bruce Inn is Falkland Palace built in the 1500s for the Stewart kings. The Palace and grounds are open to the public with an entrance fee.

From Falkland you can see the 1,512 feet (461m) high Falkland Hill, also known as East Lomond Hill. You can drive up much of the way to a picnic spot with car parking and seating, or walk up a trail from the town. This is a popular hill for paragliding. Walk Guide & Map.

Falkland History

1100s - a hunting lodge is built where Falkland Palace is today.

1200s - the hunting lodge was enlarged into a castle for the Earls of Fife/Clan MacDuff.

1337 - Falkland Castle was destroyed by English troops during the Second War of Scottish Independence.

1501 to 1541 - Kings James IV and James V rebuilt the old castle into a royal palace.

1542 December 14th - James V died at Falkland Palace.

1603 - England and Scotland merged with the son of Mary Queen of Scots, James VI becoming king of both countries.

1652 - the Palace was taken over by troops of Oliver Cromwell during the Second English Civil War. Cromwell's troops accidentally set fire to the Palace. The Palace fell into a ruin at that time.

1700s - the town of Falkland grew around the weaving industry and brewing. A number of picturesque cottages in the village today were weavers homes.

1887 - John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquis of Bute bought Falkland Palace. His restoration of the building took 20-years.

1970 - Falkland was made Scotland’s first conservation area.

Today - the Village is popular as a tourist attraction. Car parking can be hard to find when busy.

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