The entrance to Falkland Palace
The Bruce Fountain in Falkland, with East Lomond Hill behind
Falkland - street scene 2012
Falkland
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There are many villages in Scotland that would describe themselves as the prettiest in the whole country. It's a bit of a marketing ploy. The town wallahs have a meeting, and decide to call their environs 'pretty' in the hope that tourists will arrive in their droves to see something nice. 'Let's go and see the prettiest village in Scotland,' they might all sing on the bus on the way there. There are other villages that are described by visitors themselves as probably the prettiest in Scotland, and that's a good thing, because it's a real statement and it comes from the heart. But everyone's tastes are different, and one man's 'pretty' is not necessarily another man's 'pretty'.  In my little Blue Guide to Scotland dating to the 1920s, Falkland is described as an 'ancient royal burgh, noted for its palace and for its manufacture of linoleum.' Now hang on a mo, you might think... dinna tell me this is an industrial village full of smoke and smells? My little Blue Guide then goes on to say that Falkland is charmingly situated at the base of East Lomond Hill. Hmm... charm, eh? But what about charisma? Does Falkland have any of that, eh? Allure? Well, I suppose it depends on what you personally want when you visit some place you've never been before. Your list of requirements might be all of these things, or just one. Or you might simply like the joy of being somewhere new, where each turn of an ancient cobbled corner brings some new visual feast. For me, Falkland is the most charming, most visually appealing, and without doubt the prettiest village in all of Scotland.
FALKLAND PALACE ENTRANCE
THE BRUCE FOUNTAIN
FALKLAND STREET SCENE
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How to
GET THERE

You can get a bus to Falkland from Cupar, which has a direct train service from Edinburgh.
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