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Join Jess and follow in the footsteps of Kings

NEW for Summer 2019

Join Jess the Jester this Summer and follow in the footsteps of Kings and see amazing historic sites across Fife come to life with our new Augmented Reality app.

In the Footsteps of Kings, is a free app, which will bring the area’s rich history to life, giving visitors of all ages the opportunity to interact with characters and take part in a number of fun activities tailored to each location. Kids can try their hand at firing a cannon from Ravenscraig Castle out to a pirate boat on the Forth or play tennis with Mary Queen of Scots’ ghosts at Falkland Palace!

Other historic sites on the trail include Aberdour Castle, Markinch Church, Lochore Castle and Falkland Estate.

Where will I find the activation panels?

Ravenscraig Castle

Cross the drawbridge and you'll find the panel looking out across the Forth.

Did you know the castle is considered to be one of the first in Scotland to be built to withstand cannon fire? With a stunning scenic backdrop, why not visit this free attraction and let the kids try their hand at loading a cannon and firing at pirate boats in the Forth. Ravenscraig park is also a great family attraction, where you can enjoy hours of fun!

Markinch Church

You'll find the target at the back of the church. You are free to walk all the way round! 

Markinch was once the ancient capital of Fife and ruled by the MacDuff Earls of Fife. King James I ordered everyone over the age of 12 to practice archery. You can still see the arrow sharpening marks on the stone work behind the church! This gives you a wee clue to the virtual reality experience at this location!

Lochore Castle

As you enter Lochore Meadows, Lochore Castle is situated on the left and the panel is just in front of the castle.

Also known as 'Inchgall Castle, once upon a time Lochore Castle stood on an island and was the fortress home of the Lochore family. It was described as one of the strongest castles in Fife in the 16th Century. The castle is set within Lochore Meadows, Fife's most popular free attraction, known locally as the 'Meedies', so why not make a day of it.

Falkland Estate

There are 5 activation panels throughout the Estate. Check the Interpretation panel by the main car park for details. 

Pack your walking boots and retrace royal footsteps on this fascinating and historic land. Enjoy acres of beautiful counryside and woodlands of Falkland Estate and enjoy five different augmented reality experiences at this location all inspired by nature. There's also a cafe on-site for when the kids get peckish.

Falkland Palace  

The panel can be found inside the main gates, so please note this one can only be accessed during opening hours

Falkland Palace was a favourite hunting ground of Mary Queen of Scots and is home to the UK's oldest real tennis court. Although you need to pay to visit the Palace and gardens, you can enjoy the Augmented Reality experience during opening hours for free, as it's located just inside the main gates. The village of Falkland, which is an Outlander film location, is delightful to visit and you can explore the charming streets, gift shops or enjoy a cuppa in one of the cafes.

Aberdour Castle

* TO BE INSTALLED LATE JULY

  • Visitors can temporarily access the trigger image within the shop free of charge, but access to the castle is paid admission only (free to members/Historic Scotland Explorer Pass holders)
  • Parking is within the village (eg station car park)

The splendid ruin of Aberdour Castle was once the luxurious Renaissance home and pleasure gardens of Scotland's most powerful man. It's also among the oldest standing masonry castles in Scotland and was used in the filming of Outlander. The augmented reality experience can be enjoyed without accessing the castle, which is owned by Historic Environment Scotland.

 

The free app is being developed by British Augmented Reality company AliveLab who create the Mardles range of products specifically for kids. 

Download the 'In the Footsteps of Kings' App now to bring history to life in Fife. Available on Google Play, App Store and Amazon.

This app works with the majority of Apple, Android and Amazon devices from 2015 onwards. Please note that devices require a gyroscope which is built-in in most cases. However, Samsung have excluded this essential element in some of their A & J series mobile phones which means they are unable to run Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality apps / mobile games.

 
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