Falkland Palace

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Lavender in bloom Lush border
Falkland Palace is run by the National Trust for Scotland and boasts beautiful gardens, which are as worthy of a visit as the palace itself. The garden dates back to the 20th century only, and is the work of Percy Cane, who designed and cultivated the gardens between 1947 and 1952. There are colourful herbaceous borders, lush green lawns and many unusual shrubs and trees, as well as a small herb garden featuring quotations from John Gerardís book Herbal (1597).
Colourful flower beds in the summer A peaceful pond
It is easy to understand why Mary, Queen of Scots would have spent some of her happier days here. In those times, the Fife forests were teeming with wild boar and deer. Photos of the inside of the Palace are not allowed but the King's Bedchamber and the Queen's Room have been restored by the Trust.
Intriguing detail of a garden wall A view of the greenhouse
Falkland Palace was one of the residences belonging to Mary and was used by her mainly as a relaxation spot. From there she would enjoy some of her favourite pastimes such as hunting and hawking. She stayed there in 1563 and 1565.

Open April to October. Tel.: 44+ (0)1337 857 397

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