The magnificent Royal Palace of Falkland was built by James IV and James V between 1501 and 1541 as their country residence. The Stuarts used the Palace as a lodge when hunting deer and wild boar in the forests of Fife. Royal portraits hang in the Palace, and you can get a flavour of Palace life when you enter the re-created King's Bedchamber and Queen's Room. Soak up the atmoshere in the Unique Chapel Royal and Keeper's Apartments, refurbished by the Marquess of Bute in the late 19th century. Garden enthusiasts will appreciate 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. There is also an ancient orchard containing a variety of fruit trees. The grounds of the Palace contain the Royal Tennis Court, built in 1539, which is Britain's oldest tennis court.
Falkland Palace and Garden