Friday, December 12, 2014

Our Trip to Scotland - Falkland Castle and Gardens






Set in the picturesque village of Falkland, this palace was the favorite retreat of the Stuart dynasty, especially Mary Queen of Scots who visited for the hunting, hawking and tennis. Picture taken while walking down the main street of Falkland toward the castle.












Front door of Faulklind Castle.

















Before going inside we walked the grounds and gardens behind the ruins of the palace. 



The gardens are beautiful and worth the visit in and of themselves.  











One of the things you need to be aware of when visiting ANY castle in Scotland is that you are not allowed to take ANY pictures inside the structures.  This is because each castle sells a guidebook with professionally taken  photos inside, and they want to sell you that guidebook.  So put your camera away when you go inside. 

When we arrived in Scotland, I began to have problems with pain from Sciatica, so walking and climbing stairs was difficult.  At Faulkland Palace, we went inside, paid to see the castle, and THEN learned that you had to climb up to the third floor to start the tour.  Apparently there is nothing in the UK that is similar to the Americans with Disabilities act which requires public buildings to have handicapped access.  They did not have an elevator or ramps of any kind, so don't plan on going to this attraction if you have mobility issues or are in a wheelchair.  

















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