Welcome to Falkland Estate
Falkland Estate sits at the very heart of Fife, some 35 miles north of Edinburgh. There have been settlements here from at least the time of the Iron Age people who built hill forts. It was a favourite royal hunting ground of the Stuart monarchs and home to Victorian leaders of rural and architectural style. Nowadays, it is a place of thoughtful stewardship of land, nature and community.
The Estate covers around some 1900 hectares, just under one-fifth of which is wooded, with the rest divided between arable farmland on the low ground and rough grazing on the hills. More than a third is an important "designed" landscape whose major elements date from the 19th century.
Falkland Estate is today a place of recreation for many visitors. It has a network of pleasure walks from the Victorian and Edwardian periods.*
We hope that you have an enjoyable visit to the Estate. There are interpretation boards to help guide your way. Please look after the Estate responsibility, following the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Please note that Falkland Estate is a working farm and there are often tractors and other farming machinery in use.
We have a downloadable map (PDF 1.33MB) which shows the layout of the estate, its paths, landscape features, buildings and businesses.
There is no charge to visit Falkland Estate and access is available every day of the year. If you would like to help maintain this beautiful landscape then please consider making a donation or joining Friends of Falklands Heritage.
*extract from Kenny Taylor's 'Falkland Estate, an unfolding history'
School parties are welcome to visit Falkland Estate. We may be able to offer you some facilities such as use of the Workshop (with toilets and kitchen), maps and guided tours in return for a donation to the work of the charity. It is important that ALL school and nursery groups inform us of when they are coming - this is for your own safety given that Falkland Estate is a working farm and we need to be aware of where you are going on the Estate.
Take a walk with a difference! An (up to) two hour walk through the upland landscape of Falkland Estate. Audio walks were created by sound artists David Chapman and Louise K Wilson who have been working with us over the last two years to research, explore and uncover the sonic properties of the estate.
MP3 players available from our offices or download to your own player (MP3 files in Zip archive 62MB) There is also a downloadable map to help you on your way.
Please note that due to the 2012 storms, the audio walk trail is not passable in many areas but we have left the trail on the website for you to listen to.
Coming soon in 2013 - a new squirrel trail. Updates soon.
(Image of red squirrel is copyright SNH).
Directions - on foot
From the Village of Falkland - After turning into Falkland's main street (passing the Palace on your right), continue past the fountain, and keep straight ahead into the street called Westport (passing the Violin Shop on the right). At the end of the village, turn right (following the sign for the Cricket Club). Go through the main gates and you are at the entrance to Falkland Estate.
Directions - by bus
There are bus stops in both the village of Falkland and by the Pillars of Hercules cafe. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
Directions - by train
The nearest train stations are Ladybank and Markinch. Check Traveline Scotland for further details. There are occasional connecting buses from Ladybank to Falkland. For Markinch, you will need to get a bus to Glenrothes then back out to Falkland. There is also a taxi office in Markinch .
There are free car parking spaces at the entrance to the Estate (opposite the fish pond) and at the Pillars of Hercules cafe. There is also a public car park in the village of Falkland (sign posted).
Many of the paths on Falkland Estate are accessible for wheelchair users. Please consult the map.
There are several eateries in Falkland including tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. The Pillars of Hercules cafe is based on Falkland Estate.
There are a range of craft and gift shops in Falkland along with a grocery shop and chemist. Falkland Estate has its own range of farm products which are available directly from the Stables. Visit our shop page.