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Howe of Fife, Auchtermuchty and Newburgh

Central to this glorious landscape is the National Trust for Scotland’s historic Royal Palace of Falkland.

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The palace was built between 1501 and 1541 and was the country residence of eight Stuart monarchs including Mary, Queen of Scots. The Lomond Hills, with their walks and extensive views, overlook the area.

There are many food related attractions in this part of Fife, not least the nearby Pillars of Hercules organic farm and its busy café, where owner Bruce Bennett was one of the pioneers of the organic movement.  Falkland Estate produces organic food including eggs, Simmental-cross beef, and rare breed pork.

Nearby Muddy Boots farm shop, at Balmalcolm, has become a visitor attraction in its own right under the energetic Samson family.  It has a restaurant/café with a central wood burning stove, children’s attractions, and an animal viewing area.

Also in the area is the Scottish Deer Centre, the Tannochbrae Tearoom in Auchtermuchty, Bellfield Organics and Jamesfield Organic Centre near Newburgh, and Balhelvie Farm’s Aberdeen Angus beef, which is raised on land overlooking the River Tay.  During the autumn visitors to the area should look out for Newburgh’s local plum, apple and pear markets, held in the town centre. 

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