Falkland Palace dominates the historic pretty village of Falkland in the Kingdom of Fife. It was built as a residence for King James IV in 1500 on the site of a much earlier fortress that dates back to the 12th century.
Mary, Queen of Scots spent some of her early life here and the building was in constant use by royalty until 1603 when the Royal Court moved to London following the succession of James VI to the English throne.Thereafter the Palace remained in the care of a keeper who was not usually resident and, as a result, the building began to fall into decay and was not helped by the brief occupation by Cromwell when the north range burned down.
Its demise continued right up until 1887 when it was acquired by the Marquess of Bute who fortunately began a programme of much needed restoration.The National Trust took over the property in 1952 and after further improvements it was opened to the public. Falkland Palace is just one of 28 listed properties in this picturesque village and should prove to be a popular day excursion. It will be included in our 2007 holidays that specialise in visiting properties in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.
These holidays will be based at the Loch Achray Hotel and will also include excursions to Hill House, the unique property designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Geilston Garden in Cardross and Pollock House, the elegant Glasgow mansion set in an estate that, for 700 years had been owned by the Macdonald family. Culzean Castle, the Robert Adam creation dramatically sited on the Ayrshire coast will also feature in the itinerary. Its cliff-top situation was much loved by President Eisenhower who stayed there several times, both during his presidency and in his retirement.
As an extra bonus each guest will receive one year's complimentary membership of the National Trust for Scotland, giving full access to all of their properties and the National Trust's properties in England and Wales. As this would normally cost £37 these breaks really do represent superb value for money!
Walking from Lochs and Glens Hotels
This beautiful loch-side walk to the Inversnaid Hotel is just one of 26 routes described in the fully illustrated booklet Walking from Lochs and Glens Hotels.
Taking a day off from coach travel to walk in the unspoiled Scottish countryside is becoming increasingly popular and we hope that this booklet will be helpful to guests so inclined.
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