New visitor centre plan for Falkland

Outline plans have been revealed which could see the creation of a new visitor centre and the creation of more jobs on Falkland Estate.

The plans, which also include transforming access to the estate at the Pillars of Hercules junction on the A912, have been made in response to the FifePlan Local Development Plan consultation that runs until February 5.

Ninian Stuart, chairman of Falkland Estate Trust, said: “The plans would create an improved gateway to the estate, combined with a visitor centre where people will come to find out more about the estate and from which they will be able to enjoy all that it has to offer.”

Speaking at this month’s meeting of Falkland Community Council, Mr Stuart said: The Trust has identified the site for inclusion within the Local Plan because it is of strategic importance to the future sustainability of Falkland Estate and for visitor access to the Lomond Hills Regional Park.

“The site has the potential to provide wider economic and social benefits to the estate and the community, including further employment, a sales outlet for estate products, improved access, interpretation opportunities and support for a range of conservation projects.”

He said the Community Council were supportive of the estate’s proposals, particularly the potential increase in employment opportunities and the improvements to a restricted road junction, with safe parking next to the main road that will reduce traffic through Westport.

More details on the plan and other proposals submitted to the FifePlan Consultation process are available online at or by contacting Fife Council, tel. 03451 551122.

Enquiries can also be made to Falkland Estate Trust at Falkland House Stables or by phoning 01337 858544.