Places to visit

Falkland Palace & Garden

Falkland Palace & Garden

One of Scotland's finest Renaissance palaces, adored by Mary, Queen of Scots

  • Explore the country residence of the Royal Stuarts, adored by Mary, Queen of Scots.

  • Admire the spectacular Renaissance architecture.

  • Learn about many of the finest examples of the Trust’s conservation work, including centuries-old carvings, paintings and furniture.

  • Discover the oldest original real tennis court in Britain.

  • Stroll around the beautiful garden and orchard.

Between 1501 and 1541, King James IV and his son, James V, commissioned the best architects and craftsmen to create a ‘pleasure palace’  for their beloved country pursuits of falconry and hunting. The end result was Falkland, one of Scotland’s finest Renaissance palaces.

The Stuart kings were frequent residents here and Mary, Queen of Scots adored Falkland Palace, as it reminded her of the chateaux of the French Royal Court where she grew up.

The palace fell into disrepair after 1660 but was ‘rescued’ by the 3rd Marquess of Bute in the late 19th century. As Keeper of the Palace, he set about conserving original features and re-creating the interiors using the finest designers and artisans of his day.

The grounds include a physic garden with Renaissance-era herbal remedies.