The Fife Gift Card can be spent with over 100 businesses in Fife, including Falkland Estate. Lynne Ogilvie-Niven is the Head of Enterprise at Falkland Estate Trust and said:
“Falkland Estate is 1900 hectares of land in the heart of Fife, nestled at the foot of East Lomond Hill to the rear of the conservation village of Falkland. We’re just a short drive from Edinburgh and Dundee, and are in the process of transferring from family to community ownership. At the Estate, we have the Stables café situated in the woodland gardens with views out over Lomond Hill. We also have a gallery space, an organic farm, with produce sold in our Stables Shop, such as the organic lamb and beef, plus the cider and apple juice from our orchards.
The gift card is a brilliant way to encourage tourism and help us to really shout about what we have in Fife.
“I’d been aware of the power of local gift cards through the East Lothian Gift Card and when I heard about Fife getting its own gift card, I thought it was a fabulous idea. The Fife Gift Card is really helpful for the local area because it enables us to showcase what we have here in Fife and locks in spend locally. Fife has no shortage of amazing destinations, from the expansive views down to the Forth easily seen from the summit of East Lomond, to its fascinating history and heritage. The gift card is a brilliant way to encourage tourism and help us to really shout about what we have in Fife.
“There are 3 holiday properties on the Estate. East Lodge is a 4*luxury gatehouse on the Eastern Edge of the estate. There’s the Coachman’s Cottage with its open fire and clock tower and the Key House, which is adjacent to Falkland Palace and, as the name suggests, was where the keys to the palace were once held. Falkland itself is a beautiful, quaint village with narrow cobbled streets and a fascinating history. Mary Queen of Scots came to Falkland to go hunting, staying at her royal hunting lodge, Falkland Palace.
“Bruce Fountain in the high street featured in Outlander, as it played the part of historic Inverness in the series. Lots of tourists come here for the Outlander experience. We’re also part of the Lomond Hills Regional Park, 25 miles of hills and lochs. The Regional Park is home to both East and West Lomond, with West Lomond being the highest point in Fife, and East Lomond which was once an Iron Age Fort.
The Fife Gift Card gives people the chance to see what we have in Fife, to experience it, and take a bit of Fife home with them.
“There are lots of inspiring, talented businesses offering great experiences in Fife. The Fife Gift Card gives people the chance to see what we have in Fife, to experience it, and take a bit of Fife home with them. Both locals and tourists visit the Estate for our range of activities, from cycling and walking to mindfulness yoga and hut building summer schools.
“The Trail of Thought is a walk designed by artists to encourage mindfulness, and we have workshops like the Forest Trail Creative Workshop, creating an art trail of habitats for animals and insects. We work with local partners to deliver these workshops and our shop sells items from local crafters, and even have a resident felter who designs and creates felted pictures and cards using some of the wool from our sheep.
“The Fife Gift Card aligns with our values of Falkland Estate – the spirit of care for the land and for each other. By experiencing local, supporting local makers and producers, and looking after the extraordinary places we have in Scotland, we can conserve what we have and build a positive future.”