If you find yourself near the village of Falkland, in the Kingdom of Fife, the Pillars of Hercules is a must-stop wether you’re famished or not. My lovely co-worker, a “fifer for life” lass told me to check it out when I was quizzing her on things to do in her village:
- “The Palace” – Falkland Palace: home of the Stuarts, stomping ground of Mary Queen of Scots.
- “There’s a big hill” – Falkland Hill
- “Oh and The Pillars of Hercules!!!” – Organic Farm, Farm-Shop, Café, Camping & Bothy rentals.
- P.S. Outlander fans will recognize the village…
With a name like Pillars of Hercules I wasn’t sure what to expect, other than the fact that my co-worker seemed to be more excited about it than anything else in her hometown. And to me, that was a small-town sign of assurance I could relate to.
Pillars can be accessed directly by car or bus (there’s a stop practically at its doorstep) or via a short walk through the forests of Falkland Palace Estate (I recommend this route)!
Pillars of Hercules was more than I could have imagined it to be.
It was a sprawling, divine scene:
- organic farm land busy being worked
- outdoor seating in orchards in full bloom
- tents popped up in wildflower meadows
- happy campers biking down the long treed lane
- a fully stocked farm shop with local produce, flowers and sundries
- a buzzing cafe and bistro serving up delicious organic vegetarian food
- oh, and forget-me-nots in the toilets
What a dream excursion. I don’t think I’d ever have found myself there if it wasn’t for the inside tip. After the fact, I read about Pillars of Hercules in an issue of the Simple Things and much to my delight I could actually say “Hey I’ve been there” to that dreamy place!!!
Falkland, Cupar, Fife