Last Saturday, my family and I embarked on a delightful day out to the charming village of Falkland (Fife) and it’s main attraction, Falkland Palace, a place that has become a cherished destination for us. Fortunately, the weather was on our side, treating us to a day of sunshine, although ironically, our laundry back home fell victim to an unexpected rain shower. But that minor inconvenience couldn’t dampen our spirits, as Falkland and its crown jewel, Falkland Palace, beckoned us with promises of history, beauty, and a touch of serenity.
Falkland Palace holds a special place in our hearts, and this visit marked yet another chapter in our love affair with this historic gem. Nestled in the heart of Fife, Falkland Palace boasts a rich tapestry of history dating back to the 12th century. It has witnessed the comings and goings of kings and queens – including, o course, Queen Mary – making it a captivating destination for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike.
Falkland Palace is lovingly managed and preserved by the National Trust for Scotland. Their dedication to conserving Scotland’s heritage is evident in every corner of the palace. The commitment of the National Trust for Scotland in ensuring that places like Falkland Palace remain accessible for generations to come is commendable.
We set out a bit later than planned, after completing our morning chores, but we knew that a memorable day awaited us. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the awe-inspiring façade of Falkland Palace, standing tall against the typical backdrop of a grey sky. The palace’s well-preserved architecture and intricate details transported us back in time, making it easy to imagine the lives of those who once walked its hallowed halls.
As we explored the palace’s interior, we were also impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the staff. Their explanations and insights into the history of the palace added depth to our experience. They truly made history come alive, and their willingness to answer our questions was greatly appreciated. Learning about the palace’s past from these passionate experts was a highlight of our visit, and it’s a testament to their dedication that we left with a deeper understanding and appreciation of Falkland Palace.
One of the highlights of our visit was a leisurely stroll through the palace’s magnificent gardens. Despite the season, they were still adorned with vibrant blooms that painted a colorful contrast to the approaching autumn. I couldn’t resist capturing the beauty of the gardens in photographs, each shot framing the vibrant flora and the elegance of the palace. These pictures will undoubtedly serve as cherished mementos of our visit.
For our midday reprieve, we indulged in a picnic, savoring sandwiches and treats amidst the picturesque surroundings. The palace gardens provided the perfect backdrop for our family gathering, with the centuries-old trees providing shade and serenity.
After our picnic, we decided to explore the village of Falkland itself. This quaint Scottish village exudes old-world charm, with traditional houses, and a palpable sense of history at every corner. We wandered through the village, admiring the architecture and enjoying the peace that even the buses full of tourists could not break.
During our walk in the town, I couldn’t resist popping in Bob Beveridge’s Antiques’ and Fiddle Shop, a lovely shop full of extaordinary items. I had to leave a couple of interesting findings because the ATM had run out of money. Our day in Falkland wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to one of its cozy pubs, the Bruce Inn, a classic visit.
In the end, our day out in Falkland was more than just a visit to a historic site; it was a journey through time, nature, and the bonds of family. It was, without a doubt, a great day out that left us with memories to cherish for a lifetime.