Outlander Getaway – A Weekend in Falkland, Scotland

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Outlander Getaway – A Weekend in Falkland, Scotland

We went in search of Claire and Jamie Fraser; and found them in the cutest little Scottish Village, Falkland aka Inverness in Outlander.

Remember that scene where Jamie is looking at Claire through the window from the square in Inverness, before she goes back in time? Well that square is actually in Falkland; and we stayed in the house right next door!

Jori and I were heading off on a holiday with my parents around Ireland but luckily made our meeting point Falkland. We got there a day before my parents to give us some adventure time. We caught the train from Edinburgh to Ladybank; another gorgeous train journey where we went over the Forth Bridge, which was amazing!

Going over the Forth Bridge!

For the first night in Falkland we booked an Airbnb, a basic room in someone’s house, and close to the village centre. This is the reason we caught the train to Ladybank, the Airbnb host was a single dad and was dropping his children off at their Mum’s who happened to live in Ladybank. He kindly offered to pick us up at the station there. You can also get off the train earlier at Markinch and catch a bus into Falkland. It turned out that our host was heading off to Edinburgh that evening so we actually had the place to ourselves. BONUS!

Fresh off the train at Ladybank Station.

The view from our Airbnb, up to East Lomond Hill.

Our First Afternoon on Outlander…I mean in Falkland

We arrived in the afternoon so only had a few hours to look around. However, it was the middle of summer so the daylight lasts forever! That’s one of our favourite parts of summer on this side of the world.

The first thing we did was head straight down to the main square to hang out by the fountain, and look up to the window in search of Claire! Sadly we didn’t find her; or Jamie for that matter, but I made Jori pretend to be Jamie as he stood by the fountain. In real life, the place where they were staying, Mrs Baird’s guesthouse, is actually The Covenanter Hotel.

The Bruce Fountain and The Covenanter Hotel.

Maspie Den Walk

Falkland is such a quaint little village, full of gorgeous stone cottages, covered in flowers! We set of towards the Lomond Hills Regional Park, admiring the beautiful shops, houses, and nature along the way.

We love stone cottages covered in flowers!

Peeping into someone’s adorable garden.

Such a pretty field of flowers.

The village is situated at the foot of the Lomond Hills, the tallest peaks in the county of Fife. They are made up of two peaks, East Lomond and the taller West Lomond. They are known locally as The Paps, meaning breasts in Gaelic.

Looking up at East Lomond on our way to Maspie Den.

We spent the next couple of hours walking the Maspie Den walk. There were so many beautiful sights to see, including waterfalls, cave-like pathways, old bridges, and also terrifying pitch-black tunnels! We walked through this tunnel where we literally could not see anything. I even held my hand right up to my face, nothing. It was so scary! Thankfully it was only short!

This was such a beautiful cave/waterfall!

Along the way we discovered HOGWARTS! Yes, HOGWARTS! We were walking up a path towards a clearing and as we approached there loomed a huge old school that looked just like Hogwarts. It was amazing. It is called Falkland House School and is till running. It is a school for boys with Additional Support Needs.

See, it’s Hogwarts. Well, close enough!

East Lomond rises up behind the school.

Looking up at Falkland House School from the Maspie Den Walk.

Back in the village, we made our way straight for The Covenanter Hotel, aka Mrs Baird’s guesthouse, and enjoyed a cheeky bevvy in the evening sunshine. They have tables out the front with a beautiful view of the whole square, including the fountain, the church, and a glimpse of Falkland Palace. I highly recommend parking up here for a few drinks after a day of exploring.

The Covenanter Hotel, aka Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse in Outlander.

Our Second Day in Falkland

Breakfast time at Pillars!

Our Airbnb host had told us about a great organic farm shop and café just outside of the village. It sounded just my style! We woke early and walked all the back laneways, farm tracks, main roads etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, and got very lost trying to find it! Maybe we took a wrong turn somewhere? We had to walk down a very dangerous main road and jump off into the grass whenever a car came along. Needless to say, we were famished when we did finally arrived; it did not disappoint!

This was just the first of many old farm roads we walked!

Pillars breakfast menu – everything is vegetarian or vegan.

Lunch Menu – we shared the Bean Burger and Chilli Nachos.

Drinks Menu – they do great fresh juices.

They have gluten free options.

Bean Burger and Chilli Nachos – YUM!

Walking East Lomond

We began the East Lomond hike right from the café. It’s not particularly well-signed so we did many circles, retracing our steps. Just follow your nose! We did, and we eventually made it! There’s an “official” starting point for the walk that we eventually came to and it is well-signed there. Even with all the backtracking, we had the best day, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole walk. It’s such a beautiful area.

Jori loving the walk!

Jori loving the walk!

Getting closer to East Lomond!

Jori admiring the incredible views in every direction.

From the top of East Lomond you get the most spectacular views of West Lomond, the Firth of Forth to the South, and down into Falkland village in the North. The path actually continues down the other side of East Lomond, and conveniently connects straight back to the street that our Airbnb was on. It’d been a massive day of walking so going downhill on a very steep slope with lots of stairs was particularly challenging with my fatigued, shaky, and trembling legs.

Loving the spectacular views from East Lomond!

Falkland Village below us.

Such a stunning view of the Firth of Forth.

We just popped back into the Airbnb to collect our bags and then wandered straight down the street to meet my parents at the Airbnb that featured in Outlander! Just like the hotel next door, the Airbnb had a table and chairs outside. We sat back with a wee dram of whisky, imagining Jamie materialising in the square, and transporting ourselves back in time to Outlander!

Whisky time!

We went in search of Claire and Jamie Fraser; and found them in the cutest little Scottish Village, Falkland aka Inverness in Outlander.

Remember that scene where Jamie is looking at Claire through the window from the square in Inverness, before she goes back in time? Well that square is actually in Falkland; and we stayed in the house right next door!

Jori and I were heading off on a holiday with my parents around Ireland but luckily made our meeting point Falkland. We got there a day before my parents to give us some adventure time. We caught the train from Edinburgh to Ladybank; another gorgeous train journey where we went over the Forth Bridge, which was amazing!

Picture from inside a train going over the Forth Bridge in Scotland.

Going over the Forth Bridge!

For the first night in Falkland we booked an Airbnb, a basic room in someone’s house, and close to the village centre. This is the reason we caught the train to Ladybank, the Airbnb host was a single dad and was dropping his children off at their Mum’s who happened to live in Ladybank. He kindly offered to pick us up at the station there. You can also get off the train earlier at Markinch and catch a bus into Falkland. It turned out that our host was heading off to Edinburgh that evening so we actually had the place to ourselves. BONUS!

Photo of the view from our Airbnb in Falkland, up to East Lomond Hill.

The view from our Airbnb, up to East Lomond Hill.
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Photo of Ladybank Train Station in Scotland.

Fresh off the train at Ladybank Station.

Our First Afternoon on Outlander…I mean in Falkland

We arrived in the afternoon so only had a few hours to look around. However, it was the middle of summer so the daylight lasts forever! That’s one of our favourite parts of summer on this side of the world.

The first thing we did was head straight down to the main square to hang out by the fountain, and look up to the window in search of Claire! Sadly we didn’t find her; or Jamie for that matter, but I made Jori pretend to be Jamie as he stood by the fountain. In real life, the place where they were staying, Mrs Baird’s guesthouse, is actually The Covenanter Hotel.

Photo of the Bruce Fountain and main square in Falkland, Scotland.

The Bruce Fountain and The Covenanter Hotel.

Maspie Den Walk

Falkland is such a quaint little village, full of gorgeous stone cottages, covered in flowers! We set of towards the Lomond Hills Regional Park, admiring the beautiful shops, houses, and nature along the way.

A photo looking through a wall at a flower garden in Falkland, Scotland.

Peeping into someone’s adorable garden.
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Photo of a stone cottage covered in flowers in Falkland.

We love stone cottages covered in flowers!

A photo of a field of lots of tiny flowers in Falkland.

Such a pretty field of flowers.

The village is situated at the foot of the Lomond Hills, the tallest peaks in the county of Fife. They are made up of two peaks, East Lomond and the taller West Lomond. They are known locally as The Paps, meaning breasts in Gaelic.

Photo of East Lomond Hill from the road below in Falkland.

Looking up at East Lomond on our way to Maspie Den.

We spent the next couple of hours walking the Maspie Den walk. There were so many beautiful sights to see, including waterfalls, cave-like pathways, old bridges, and also terrifying pitch-black tunnels! We walked through this tunnel where we literally could not see anything. I even held my hand right up to my face, nothing. It was so scary! Thankfully it was only short!

Photo of a cave with a waterfall, Maspie Den, Falkland.

This was such a beautiful cave/waterfall!

Along the way we discovered HOGWARTS! Yes, HOGWARTS! We were walking up a path towards a clearing and as we approached there loomed a huge old school that looked just like Hogwarts. It was amazing. It is called Falkland House School and is till running. It is a school for boys with Additional Support Needs.

Photo of Falkland House School in Scotland.

See, it’s Hogwarts. Well, close enough!
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Photo of Falkland House School and East Lomond in Scotland.

East Lomond rises up behind the school.

Photo of Falkland House School from the woods in Scotland.

Looking up at Falkland House School from the Maspie Den Walk.

Back in the village, we made our way straight for The Covenanter Hotel, aka Mrs Baird’s guesthouse, and enjoyed a cheeky bevvy in the evening sunshine. They have tables out the front with a beautiful view of the whole square, including the fountain, the church, and a glimpse of Falkland Palace. I highly recommend parking up here for a few drinks after a day of exploring.

Photo of The Covenanter Hotel in Falkland, Scotland.

The Covenanter Hotel, aka Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse in Outlander.

Our Second Day in Falkland

Photo of Jori and the signpost to the Pillars of Hercules Farm and Cafe in Falkland.

Breakfast time at Pillars!

Our Airbnb host had told us about a great organic farm shop and café just outside of the village. It sounded just my style! We woke early and walked all the back laneways, farm tracks, main roads etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, and got very lost trying to find it! Maybe we took a wrong turn somewhere? We had to walk down a very dangerous main road and jump off into the grass whenever a car came along. Needless to say, we were famished when we did finally arrived; it did not disappoint!

Photo of a burger and nachos at Pillars of Hercules cafe in Falkland.

Bean Burger and Chilli Nachos – YUM!
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Photo of the Pillars of Hercules breakfast menu in Falkland.

Pillars breakfast menu – everything is vegetarian or vegan.

Photo of the Pillars of Hercules cafe lunch menu in Falkland.

Lunch Menu – we shared the Bean Burger and Chilli Nachos.

Photo of the drinks menu at Pillars of Hercules Cafe in Falkland, Scotland.

Drinks Menu – they do great fresh juices.

Photo of the gluten free menu at Pillars of Hercules cafe in Falkland.

They have gluten free options.

Walking East Lomond

We began the East Lomond hike right from the café. It’s not particularly well-signed so we did many circles, retracing our steps. Just follow your nose! We did, and we eventually made it! There’s an “official” starting point for the walk that we eventually came to and it is well-signed there. Even with all the backtracking, we had the best day, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole walk. It’s such a beautiful area.

Photo of Jori climbing East Lomond in Falkland, Scotland.

Jori admiring the incredible views in every direction.
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Photo of Jori looking at West Lomond in the Lomond Hills in Falkland, Scotland.

Jori loving the walk!

Photo of East Lomond in the Lomond Hills in Falkland, Scotland.

Getting closer to East Lomond!

From the top of East Lomond you get the most spectacular views of West Lomond, the Firth of Forth to the South, and down into Falkland village in the North. The path actually continues down the other side of East Lomond, and conveniently connects straight back to the street that our Airbnb was on. It’d been a massive day of walking so going downhill on a very steep slope with lots of stairs was particularly challenging with my fatigued, shaky, and trembling legs.

Photo of Malika at the top of East Lomond in Falkland, Scotland.

Loving the spectacular views from East Lomond!
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Photo of Jori looking at the Firth of Forth from East Lomond, Falkland.

Such a stunning view of the Firth of Forth.

Photo fo the view of Falkland from East Lomond.

Falkland Village below us.

We just popped back into the Airbnb to collect our bags and then wandered straight down the street to meet my parents at the Airbnb that featured in Outlander! Just like the hotel next door, the Airbnb had a table and chairs outside. We sat back with a wee dram of whisky, imagining Jamie materialising in the square, and transporting ourselves back in time to Outlander!

Photo of Jori and my parents outside Cross House in the main square of Falkland.

My parents and Jori relaxing outside the Airbnb.
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Photo or Jori and Malika's dad enjoying a whisky in the main square in Falkland.

Whisky time!

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