Falkland - A Town of Tales
If you are looking for a historical destination in Scotland, look no further than Falkland. It feels as if the past seeps out of every corner stone. It is a town that has seen its fair share of violence, industrialism, pain and despair. It is one of Scotland’s most significant historical regions and was assigned as a conservation area in the year 1970.
Buildings and ruins of a past life lie scattered across the landscape, but most intimidating is the gatehouse of Falkland Palace that holds the center stage of the town. The Scottish castle and the breathtaking estate on which it stands has drawn thousands of visitors to walk through the massive gatehouse, with a domineering tower on each side. Some of the castle’s structures have deteriorated over the years and others look the way they did during their construction in the 15th and 16th centuries. The grounds are also home to a tennis court that was built in 1539, making it the oldest tennis court in the history of the United Kingdom.
It is in this castle that David, the son of Robert III, died a tragic death in 1402 at the hands of the Duke of Albany. The Stuart Monarchy eventually came to own the castle and instead of using it for military purposes, the Monarchy was more interested in relaxation. It is said that the name, Falkland, was derived from the popular sport of the time - Falconry. In later years, Falkland would become productive in brewing and in weaving.
Falkland is now known as a destination in Scotland that is filled with peace and tranquility. Visitors will enjoy the little luxuries of the restaurants, quaint town pubs and the variety of gift and novelty shops. Falkland has many attractions in and around the city and visitors are recommended to explore the Stirling Castle, Scone Palace and show their respects at the Wallace Monument. Some of the most popular golfing institutions are located near Falkland, including St Andrews and Ladybank.
There are a variety of foot paths and cycle routes for those who would like to explore the countryside, while enjoying the clean air and breathtaking views. Between the cobbled stone alleys, towering East Lommond hills and calming fountains, Falkland a town that is waiting to share its secrets and tell its fascinating tales from history.