For the next six days, the Car Park at the Stables on the Falkland Estate will be closed to cars. In light of the current extraordinary circumstances and following consultations with Falkland & Newton of Falkland Community Council, Falkland Estate Trust and the Falkland Stewardship Trust have agreed to a temporary closure of the Car Park. 

Chairman of the Stewardship Trust, Joe Fitzpatrick, commented : ‘This is a decision taken by the two principal estate bodies in a spirit of partnership with the Community Council following concerns about the volume of traffic coming into the estate over the past few days via the village. We are still in lockdown, yet some car owners would appear to be taking advantage of the recent good weather to drive to Falkland Estate. We appreciate that people may be feeling a bit ‘stir crazy’, but the traffic volumes in recent days have prompted us to take action following concerns being expressed locally.

We would wish to emphasise that the Estate is NOT closed and we continue to welcome families, walkers, cyclists and our regular local visitors. We only ask that visitors show respect for each other by maintaining social distancing guidelines, and that dog owners keep their pets on a leash as the farm is in the middle of lambing and calving at this time.

We will monitor and review this arrangement which will start this weekend – Saturday 23rd May – in light of experience, and certainly in light of the Scottish Government’s date for beginning to lift lockdown restrictions in a week’s time.

We wish to thank everyone for their forbearance, patience and support in what continues to be a difficult time for everyone. More than ever we need to work together to build a safe and sustainable environment which we can all appreciate and enjoy now and into the future.’