Books and Guides
Delve deeper in to the history of Falkland Estate then available to buy is ‘Falkland Estate – an unfolding history’ by Kenny Taylor. The book traces the history of Falkland Estate through the people and the landscape.
Also available by the same author is the Four Walks Guide, with inspirational walks around Falkland Estate.
Guides for sale:
‘Falkland Estate – an unfolding history’ – £4
Four Walks Guide – £2
Special offer – buy both Kenny Taylor guides for £5.
Postcards are also available from 50p.
Tom Clark Poetry £2
Place-Names, Protein and Power – the Meaning of the Falkland Trenches £2.
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. Illustrated Map of Falkland will help guide your way.
Directions – by bus
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 .
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.
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’
The designed landscape of Falkland Estate is a beautiful backdrop to any wedding photographs. If you would like to arrange for your photographs to be taken here, please contact us at least four weeks in advance of your wedding date. In return for a donation to the charity that maintains this landscape, we will be able to ensure that your chosen location has been tidied, is free from potential photographic distractions, and that there is space available for the wedding cars.
We can also host weddings and other ceremonies; please visit the Weddings page for more details
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. Guided walks and Ranger days can be organised (fee applicable). Please email the Woodland Ranger with your request.
It is essential that ALL college, school and nursery groups inform us of when you wish to come and which part of the Estate you wish to use – this is for your own safety – Falkland Estate is a working farm and there may be times that certain areas are not available. Please email at least 7 days in advance of your visit.
Squirrel Trail – a tale of Two Squirrels
Visit the new rubbings trail to discover the story of red squirrels that have lived in the forest of Falkland for thousands of years, but are now struggling to compete with the grey ones introduced just 100 years ago.
Members of the local community helped to create the red squirrel rubbings trail, installed in the forest of Falkland.The community was assisted in this work by artist Kate Ive. This project was a partnership between Fife Coast & Countryside Trust and the Centre for Stewardship.
The main threat to the red squirrel is from introduced grey squirrels that compete for food and spread the fatal squirrel pox virus, while remaining unaffected by it themselves.
Metal Detecting on Falkland Estate
Metal detecting on Falkland Estate requires a permit. Anybody wishing to carry out metal detecting on Falkland Estate must seek permission from the Estate in advance. A meeting will be organised with the Land Manager and if permission is given, it will be in a designated area only. Please note that we reserve the right to refuse permission. Contact the office on 01337 858544 or email. Anyone carrying out metal detecting without permission will be reported to the police.
Note: it is a serious criminal offence to detect in some areas without permission. See more for Historic Scotland guidance.
Visiting the House of Falkland
The House of Falkland has been described as “a rare undiscovered jewel”, nestled at the foot of the East Lomond Hill.
Built between 1839 and 1844 by William Burn, one of the pre-eminent Victorian country housearchitects, its interiors date from the 1880s onwards when the Marquess of Bute’s craftsmen applied their arts and crafts style to many of the rooms.
The House is in the care of the Centre for Stewardship and it is currently in use as a school specialising in the education and care of boys who require additional support for learning. Access to the House for guided tours can be arranged through the Centre for Stewardship; free tours are arranged for members of the Friends of Falkland Heritage.
Please call the office to discuss on 01337 858838.
Coming soon….May 2016 we hope to be opening our new Information Hub at the Stables. Situated in the newly refurbished front Stables, there you will find a whole host of information about the Estate, its history, biodiversity and pathways. Or… just sit and enjoy and coffee and cake, watch the world and their dog walk by. Have a look at our photo album which shows how we have been slowly improving the Stables over the years.
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).
Update March 2016 – we have plans to improve and enlarge the car park at the Stables – this means that the car park will remain closed for a number of weeks whilst this work goes on. We will notify visitors closer to the time as we will not be able to provide alternative spaces during this time.
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.