The Falkland Royal Palace was built in the sixteenth century, in the beautiful medieval village with the same name. It was conceived as a hunting lodge for the kings of the Stuart family, the most famous being Mary Stuart, better known as Mary Queen of Scots. She spent the best days of her childhood within the walls of this palace, which explains the existence of the grounds which includes some of the oldest tennis in the UK. Today it is one of the town's main attractions and it is managed by the Scottish National Trust, who organizes the visits and care of this impressive building. Worth a visit, the palace and the area, which can seem like you're in the Middle Ages. Perfect choice for a day out (not far from the Edinburgh). Interestingly, this impressive palace belongs by right to the British monarchy, whose members haven't visited it during last ten years. It is therefore a royal palace but without royalty.
As is often the case in history, towns crop up after the establishment or existence of a parish in the area, and this is the case of this Falkland area. The building that stands before us was built in 1850, but there are records that indicate that there was an earlier church here in 1595. However these documents make it clear that the first church was built entirely of stone, and say there was another church in the same place made of wood, with low walls and a foundation of clay or dough. Its construction or existence justifies the creation of the village known as Falkland (Fife region), which until 1300 was known as "Parish of Kilgour" next to the Lomond Hills. The presence of Falkland Palace changed the town's name. Today you can visit the church, in the centre of town and run by the Church of Scotland, who maintain the building and a fully functioning parish.
Falkland is a tiny town in the center of Fife, in Scotland, and is very strange and has historical elements that are endearing. Its population is not big, barely 1,200, yet its story is more impressive , as is the castle, what made this town. It was declared a royal burgh in the 14th century. Some archaeological ruins suggest that before the construction of the palace there was a settlement, possibly Roman, but this needed more research. However, what is amazing are the lintels of some homes, where there are initials and numerical information, which when deciphered present a part of the more tender story about what we're used to. If for example we see a window 17CK4MN50 the explanation is as follows: in 1750 he married CK (groom's initials) with MN (initials of the bride) who had 4 children. Falkland is a quiet town, very traditional with stone houses built between the palace and the parish, of extreme importance in medieval times. A very pinturesco and perhaps not so crowded with visitors as St. Andrews, with trips planned to the palace. Ideal if you're in the St. Andrews area, a very valid option for an afternoon or entire morning. A perfect place for a drink and mostly to see history in each of its streets and buildings.