Forest of Falkland Gateway
Falkland Estate is a large rural estate in central Fife which welcomes upwards of 200,000 visitors per year. These 200,000 visitors understandably come to enjoy the benefits of beautiful scenery and outdoor activity offered by miles of paths through woodlands and up on to the Lomond Hills. The focus of the Estate is very much on balancing the wants of today’s visitors with the sustainability needs of an estate that hosts forestry, farming and recreational use.
Falkland Estate is accessed from one of two locations. Coming through the village of Falkland, the historic meaning of Falkland – Hidden Place – becomes self-evident. As much as the beauty of the narrow residential rows is worth seeing, inviting traffic through these streets is far from ideal. The other main access route to the estate is directly off the A912 at Pillars of Hercules– again where history informs the name of this place. Visitors currently park in a limited space before heading off on foot to enjoy one of the many walking routes. The current junction has restricted lines of sight on the A912. The main intention of the work is to improve the safety of the junction with the added benefit of encouraging traffic to enter the estate and offering improved parking. The roadway and parking are to be reconfigured in early 2020.
Fife Council have approved planning and construction is due to start in early 2020. Completion of the new junction and car park is expected late spring. Access to Falkland Estate during the construction work will be restricted but vehicles will continue to be able to access the estate through the Gatehouse entrance at West Port in the village. Vehicle access to off the A912 will be possible though traffic management restrictions will be operating at times and may involve some delays. Foot traffic should follow diversions.
This £400,000 improvement project is possible thanks to the Fife LEADER Funding Programme which is supported by the Scottish Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, an investment from Falkland Estate Trust and a contribution from Pillar of Hercules Organic Farm Shop and Café.