Falkland and Falkland Palace Fife
Falkland is a Royal Burgh which was gained in 1458 bestowed by James II. The town can be found at the foot of the Lomond Hills which makes the town picturesque. Only 20 minutes from St Andrews, well worth a short detour on your way from Edinburgh.
Falkland Palace the main attraction in Falkland was a summer retreat until Robert Stuart Duke of Albany made it his main residence circa 1390. Falkland Palace and gardens are most certainly the best kept Royal retreat in Scotland. With the oldest Royal Tennis Court in the UK possibly the world, real tennis was a sport of kings and nobles. You will enjoy the time spent in a hidden gem of Scotland in Fife. Many Royals visited over the centuries, it was built by King James IV and extended in by James V who died there in 1542 when using it as his residence he also incorporated the tennis court. The gardens are magnificent and the many buildings dating as far back as circa 1140 when the first Palace was built the foundations of which can still be seen.