Falkland Village

Leave the hustle and bustle of modern living behind as you pack and embark on a unique adventure into historical old Scotland. Ross House is a beautiful 17th century stone-built cottage occupying a prime position in one of Scotland’s most perfectly preserved ancient villages with a fairy tale Royal Palace only steps away.

Falkland first became a seat to Scotland’s monarchy as long ago as 1437 when it was ceded to the Stewart Kings by the once powerful Macduff clan. A violent beginning with tales of treachery, starvation and torture gave way to a gentler, more peaceful age as the palace’s royal incumbents sought pleasure in hunting and games of tennis.

Mary Queen of Scots, the great niece of Henry VIII, wiled away many happy days at Falkland before her struggle to become England’s as well as Scotland’s supreme regent and her eventual demise at the hands of Elizabeth I. You can see the macabre spectacle of a copy of her death mask hanging from a hook behind her old bedroom door.

Following the Union of the Crowns in 1603, Charles I and Charles II visited the palace until it came under attack by Cromwell’s forces in 1654 and Scotland was brought into a Republican Commonwealth. The restoration of the monarchy however, soon produced violent clashes between Royalist Catholic and Episcopalian groups, and the Presbyterian movement fomented by the Covenanters, the most famous of whom, Richard Cameron, was born in the house next door!

Today you can visit the carefully restored Renaissance Palace and extensive gardens with original furnishings, chapel and sweeping views of the beautiful old town.

Ross House Falkland 2018