The house lies at the heart of the conservation village of Falkland amongst cobbled streets and old buildings, and is a perfect base from which to explore the rich history and rolling countryside of this picturesque part of Fife.
A stay at St Andrews House includes a complimentary visit to the Palace and gardens for for non NTS and NT members, during normal property opening hours.
Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by O2 and Vodafone which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas.
- First floor
- Sleeps 4 - two twin bedrooms
- Sitting room
- Dining room
- Bathroom (Bath with electric over-bath shower) and shaving point
- Electric central heating and water
- Parking space available, plus free car park in the village, a short walk away
- A steep spiral staircase leads to the property which is regrettably not suitable for the infirm
St Andrew’s House is part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and is committed to sustainability. For more information on the scheme follow this link Green Business
About Falkland Palace
With a history that includes a murderous duke, an imprisoned king, several changes of hands and some of Mary Queen of Scots's happiest country days, Falkland Palace is a treasure trove of history, brought to life by exquisitely restored display rooms.
The current palace was built between 1450 and 1541 and served as the hunting residence of the Stewart kings and queens. Its tapestry corridor containing 17th century Flemish masterpieces is unmissable, as are the gardens which contain the oldest real (or royal) tennis court in Britain, built for James V.
About the area
History runs deep in the village of Falkland, a former Royal Burgh inhabited since before the 12th century. The Falkland hunting estate was given to Duncan Macduff, 6th earl of Fife in 1160 and served as a base for royalty and aristocracy right up until the twentieth century.
Falkland also found fortune as a weaving town, and in 1792 an estimated third of the village's population were weavers. Cobbled wynds, an old horsemarket and no less than 28 listed buildings add to the village's historic charm.
There are tea rooms and traditional pubs in the village, plus a small grocery shop with a post office. If you’d like to avoid the supermarkets and buy food from local providers, have a look at www.fifediet.co.uk for recipes and activities in the area. You can also try www.foodfromfife.co.uk which has a wealth of information about local farmers’ markets. There is one nearly every weekend. The Pillars of Hercules offers organic, vegetarian and vegan food in their shop and restaurant and it’s only a mile away on foot through the tranquil Falkland estate.
Things to do
- Spend a day at the seaside on one of Fife's famous beaches. West Sands at St Andrews, Silver Sands at Aberdour, Elie and Burntisland have all received the prestigious blue flag award, meaning they are safe, clean and have great facilities. http://www.visitfife.com/guide/beaches
- Scale the summit of East Lomond, a 424m hill looming over Falkland's south west side. For the brave, its wooded slopes also have a series of downhill mountainbiking tracks. www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/visiting/cycling/menu-id-101.html
- Soak up Edwardian elegance at Hill of Tarvit. A classic mansion house remodelled in 1906, there are 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' rooms to explore as well as a rose and kitchen garden.http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Hill-of-Tarvit-Mansionhouse-Garden/
- Discover and buy fresh local produce from Fife’s finest producers. Click here to find out more about Fife Farmer’s Market.
- When it comes to food, Fife has a lot to offer! Discover the diversity of food from this historic region of Scotland. Click here to find out more about Food from Fife.
Falkland lies 11 miles north of Kirkcaldy on the A912 , 11 miles West of Cupar and 6 miles North of Glenrothes.
The following Stagecoach Fife services stop at Falkland New Road, 100m from Falkland Palace and Garden:
35 - Cupar - Newburgh - Perth
36 - Glenrothes - Auchtermuchty - Newburgh/Strathminglo - Perth (hourly most of the day)
36B - Glenrothes - Auchtermuchty - Kinross
66/67 - Glenrothes - Ladybank - Cupar
From Ladybank railway station, take the number 66/67 Stagecoach Fife service from Glenrothes to Cupar which stops at Falkland New Road, 100m from Falkland Palace and Garden.
A912, 10 miles from M90, junction 8
The A912 at Strathmiglo is closed for 3 weeks. Please follow local diversions.
Ordnance Survey Ref: NO253075.
Both National Cycle Route 1 and Regional Route 63 pass by Falkland Palace and Garden.
Bike Hire is available locally in the Bruce pub.
For more information:
Click here to visit the Stagecoach website for Fife services.
Call First ScotRail on 0845 601 5929.
Click here to visit their website.
Call the Sustrans Information Line on 0845 113 0065.
Click here to visit their website.
Call Traveline Scotland on 0871 200 2233 for full public transport information.