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"Falkland Palace"

By RonnieAG
A view of Falkland Palace from the orchard with its wicker sculpture of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Set in the conservation village of Falkland (Fife), Falkland Palace was for 200 years a favourite country residence of Stuart monarchs, and a favourite of Mary, Queen of Scots. The Palace is surrounded by extensive beautiful gardens as well as an orchard with a wild flower meadow.
Part of the Palace is in ruins but the reconstructed rooms house 17th. Cent. Flemish tapestries, elaborate painted ceilings and antique furnishings.
The gardens also house the oldest tennis court in the land, built by King James lV.........but it was a somewhat different game to that played today.
V 2 shows Jasmine surveying the interior of the court.

My thanks to all who commented on Over The Top, and with special thanks to Patty {pentaxpatty} and Graham {digital_boi} for their User Awards.


Tags: Architecture Gardens Orchard Fife Falkland palace Tennis court King James lV Wicker sculpture of Mary Queen of Scots

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25 Jul 2015 9:15AM
Two excellent compositions Ronnie, really like V1,
cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
25 Jul 2015 9:36AM
not got her racquet with her then? WinkGrinGrinGrin
EMJAYCEE 13 10 10 England
25 Jul 2015 10:08AM
A 'real tennis' court - didn't Henry VIII instal one at Hampton Court Palace! Clever sculpture in V1. I'd never heard of this location so thanks for showing it to us Ronnie.
morpheus1955 15 3 2 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2015 10:25AM
Two super images Ronnie

CaroleS Plus
12 442 3 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2015 10:26AM
Like V1 but nice to see the old tennis court too.
ade123 9 285 1 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2015 11:28AM
Great images Ronnie superb composition in v1. The Tennis court look very anti social although they wouldn't need to run far when the ball went out of court (no need for ball boys/girls)

BarbaraR 16 1.2k 1 England
25 Jul 2015 11:50AM
A lovely scene, interesting too.
Sounds a great place to visit.
I do laugh at how many places dear Mary stayed at !

Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2015 1:25PM
A most imposing Palace which sadly I've passed by but must visit one day.
A friend from Cupar, Fife used to work there.
I like the sound of the wildflower meadow.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
25 Jul 2015 1:30PM
A very interesting building Ronnie and I like the Statue too. A very nice comp' in V1 and a sport which would probably kill me in V2 Smile

LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2015 5:29PM
Two fine shots of an interesting location.
nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
25 Jul 2015 7:15PM
Very interesting roof of the palace, resembles a lydian sarcophagus, Ronnie. A tennis court is another marvel. Thank you for sharing!
ali63 10 791 1 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2015 7:16PM
2 great images

Ali Grin
netta1234 10 382 2 Wales
25 Jul 2015 7:54PM
A lovely place .
Two great images RonnieSmile
widtink 9 406 2 Scotland
25 Jul 2015 8:24PM
Braw Fife Ronnie GrinGrinGrin . My friend plays real tennis on that very court !!

25 Jul 2015 10:02PM
Wonderful duo, Ronnie, great write-up and pic 1. is a cracker. I used to live near a Tudor real tennis court at The Hythe in Walditch in Dorset, which I recall dated from one of the Henrys.....fascinating history you have here. Love the wicker figure.
All the best,
Dave Wink
26 Jul 2015 9:05AM
Lovely photos ! Nice to see you over in the East ! This is a favourite place of mine and also wonderful in May with the cherry blossom in the gardens. I have always been fascinated by Mary Queen Of Scots and visited the Loir Valley to see one of castles - Chenanceau she grew up in .

PhilT2 Plus
12 589 34 England
26 Jul 2015 4:19PM
Like the composition of V1 and a good piece of history portrayed in V2. I did not know this was the oldest tennis court so I have learned something new Ronnie...............wonder how Andy Murray would have faired on this surface Wink
26 Jul 2015 4:24PM
a good composition in V1 Ronnie nice to see the wicker sculpture this is a place I have never been to so interesting to see. The tennis court resembles a prison yard Wink

G of the soggy side
JuBarney Plus
10 36 5 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2015 6:44PM
A wonderful sculpture, and capture, in V1
27 Jul 2015 2:13AM
Very nice images Ronnie well taken.
Allen, Smile
Two great images, with great attention to detail, so well captured, Ronnie. SmileSmileSmileSmile

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