Falkland Palace is a royal palace of the Scottish Kings. Before Falkland Palace was built a hunting lodge existed on the site in the 12th century. This lodge was expanded in the 13th century and became a castle which was owned by the Earls of Fife, the famous Clan MacDuff.

Between 1501 and 1541 Kings James IV and James V transformed the old castle into a beautiful renaissance royal palace. Falkland was included in the 'morning gift' that James VI gave to his bride Anne of Denmark.

For five hours in the morning of 28 June 1592 Francis Stewart, Earl of Bothwell and his men attempted to capture the palace and James VI and Anne of Denmark. They attempted to batter down the back gate but were repulsed by gunshots. The king withdrew to the gatehouse tower and his guard shot at Bothwell's men. Bothwell abandoned the attack at 7 o'clock in the morning, and rode away with the king's horses.

After the Union of the Crowns in 1603, the architect James Murray repaired the palace for the visit of King James in 1617. In 1887 John, 3rd Marquis of Bute purchased the estates of Falkland and started a 20-year restoration of the palace. At the time the Palace was a ruin with no windows or doors. Thanks to his restoration work and considerable budget the Palace remains standing today.

Today there is much to explore as you walk through the palace, taking in the detailed panelling in the drawing room, the stunning Chapel Royal (where mass is still said every Sunday morning) and the fascinating painted walls of the library, as well as the re-created royal apartments.



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Founded: 1501-1541
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United Kingdom


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Neil MacDonald (2 months ago)
A fantastic day out in a gem of a historic building steeped in tales well told by the capable guides. Too much to take in one go. They are dressed in period costume which makes it even more atmospheric. Unfortunately for the less able, there are lots of stairs to negotiate. The well kept grounds are for another day. Will be back.
Roger Greenhalgh (2 months ago)
The Falkland Palace was warm and welcoming on this wet, blustery, Spring day. It is brimming full of history. The guides were particularly good, explaining each of the rooms. Sadly, it was too wet to visit the gardens. The tiny village of Falkland is a delightful village. Good tea shops with excellent cakes.
Karen Grierson (2 months ago)
We went round the garden, absolutely gorgeous garden, lovely flowers, lovely orchard and bee garden: it has the oldest tennis court in the world. I frequently come and wander around the garden and enjoy it each time, planning to go into the palace as well. The palace shop is nice as well and the staff are lovely and very helpful. Would recommend going here.
Marina C (3 months ago)
Great place to visit. The first ever tennis court is here. Lots to see. Beautiful gardens. A small gift shop is on site. Not good for people with limited mobility as there are lots of stairs & most are spiral. Falkland itself is a lovely wee place. Some nice places to eat. & walks nearby.
Jayne Lyle (3 months ago)
First trip round this place and loved it. The gardens are great and shall be brilliant when more in bloom. Lots of areas for picnicking. Inside the Palace was well set out for going round and I thought all the guides were brilliant. Very informative and engaging - amongst the best I've come across.
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