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FalklandAttraction Falkland Royal Burgh turned conservation village nestling comfortably at the foot of the Lomond Hills. Definitely worth a visit. Narrow, cobbled streets fan out from the Town Hall and Bruces fountain. How many other people do you know with the first name ‘0nesiphorous'. The houses have changed little over the years. Look out for the pantile roofs, the flower boxes and the tiny windows. The Town Hall is amass with history. No Falkland shortage of interesting places to eat. Warbecks in the centre has a traditional menu 01337 857085. Is it not about time you tried something healthy? The Greenhouse Restaurant across the road prepares all their food fresh, using mostly organic produce. Open for dinner and Sunday brunch 01337 858400. If you are a musician you must go into Beveridge’s - an antique shop with a difference. He specialises in violins - even a back room to try them out.

Falkland Palace and GardensParks Falkland Palace and Gardens Favourite hunting lodge of James IV and successive Stewarts, famous for its renaissance architecture and the Royal Tennis Courts. Imagine life as a royal courtier and the workings of the Scottish court. Step in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots and walk through and admire the gardens. Make sure to visit the tennis courts 01337 857397.

Maspie HouseAttraction Maspie House Spiral down the steps into the gift shop and then Look for the entrance to the secret garden. Once part of the greater Palace grounds this sheltered spot sits protected by the famous twin peaks of the Palace entrance. Choose some alpines and herbaceous plants awash with colour while you marvel at the stunning views over the Palace Orchard 01337 857704. Admire the plants across the road at the Beer Garden of the Hunting Lodge Hotel. Almost four hundred years old and still serving good pub food 01337 857226. Information centre round the corner under the Hayloft Tearoom 01337 857590.

Kind Kyttock’s KitchenRestaurants, Cafes, etc. Kind Kyttock’s Kitchen Award winning busy Tea-Room with tasty home-baking. Negotiate your way through the entrance way stacked with cards and gifts. Try the speciality teas 01337 857477. Nearby you will find the Cottage Craft Centre, at the end of a row of incredibly small houses in a tight crescent shaped hill. Look for local crafts and childrens’ toys

Falkland EstateParks Falkland Estate Fine victorian gardens in the process of being upgraded allow access to Maspie Den with impressive waterfalls as well as varied woodland, forest and open hill walks on the Lomond Hills. Further up the hill towards Leslie, car park facilities for walkers who would like to explore East and West Lomond. Trout fishing available on Ballo Reservoir. When you get to the top, look at one of the most stunning views of the Forth valley. See if you can pick out the islands in the Forth. Try the Malt Barn Inn, in Newton of Falkland - winner of the Pub Caterer of the year. Famed for their delicious Swedish specialities. Great buffets, wonderful fish. Try the sizzling hot dishes 01337 857589.

Reediehill Venison Farm and ShopAttraction Reediehill Venison Farm and Shop On the hills above Pitmedden Forest, the Fletcher’s farm is a must for those who like venison. Have you tried the carpaccio. Best venison available locally, why not buy one of Nichola’s books and experiment. If you have too far to travel make sure you get some for the BBQ or picnic. Mail order too - 01337 828369

Auchtermuchty and CollessieAttraction Auchtermuchty and Collessie Remembered as backdrop for Dr Finlay TV series so it may be appropriate to visit the Tannochbrae Tea Room in the centre of town. The Fife Animal Park with over 150 animals at Collessie is worth a look especially if you have children 01337 831830. Nearby picnic area at Birnie Loch where you can feed the ducks and take a small walk round the Lake. Golfers, watch out for Ladybank Golf Club, a good course, scenic fairways, through the trees, often used for Championship qualifying matches 01337 830814.

Scottish Deer CentreAttraction Scottish Deer Centre attractions for all the family watch the deer and the birds of prey in their natural habitat let the rangers help you feed the deer. The kids can work off all their excess energy in the adventureland. Golf, clothing and gift and coffee shops. A good way to spend the afternoon 01337 810391.

CuparAttraction Cupar Market town and Royal Burgh surrounded by rich agricultural land. Individual shops reflect prosperous area, many of which have branches in St. Andrews. Fisher and Donaldson, Luvians, etc. Hoggs famous shoe shop and countrywear from nearby Strathmiglo. Douglas Bader Garden, a peaceful spot with easy access for wheelchair bound visitors is wedged between the rugby and cricket pitches. Scotstarvit Tower and the Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse and its extensive gardens lie in the hills above Cupar. 5 lane 25metre pool with squash, fitness steam bath etc. at Cupar Sports Centre - if the weather is bad try the sunbeds and solarium 01334 412290. Ostler’s Close Restaurant - Fresh, imaginative, Scottish cuisine just off the town centre. Intimate and relaxed atmosphere assures a memorable occasion. Usually busy so make sure to book 01334 655574. Stop for a tea and look at the Cupar Garden Centre 01334 655766.

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