Falkland is one of Scotland’s finest Renaissance palaces. Between 1501 and 1541, James IV and his son, James V, commissioned the best stonemasons and craftsmen of the day to create a pleasure ground for their country pursuits.

Although it fell into disrepair after 1660, Falkland Palace was saved from ruin in the 19th century by the 3rd Marquess of Bute. Innovative and passionate, Bute gave the palace a new lease of life, and the fruits of his labour are still enjoyed by his great-grandson Ninian, who lives on site today as Keeper of the Palace.

As you walk through the palace you will experience the lost grandeur of the Renaissance. Look out for the detailed panelling in the drawing room and the fascinating painted walls of the library. Marvel at the The Falkland Bed, which was supposedly made for King James VI in 1618 and has been elaborately embellished over the years: it’s a particular talking point for both guides and visitors! And explore the re-created royal apartments, including the Queen’s Room which has been arranged as Mary, Queen of Scots might have used it.