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Join Jess and follow in the footsteps of Kings

Join Jess the Jester 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 award-winning app, bringing the area’s rich history to life and giving visitors the opportunity to interact with characters and enjoy fun unique experiences at 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 and we've just added a further three locations at Burntisland, Dunfermline Carnegie LIbrary & Galleries and Macduff's Castle.

Where will I find the activation panels?

Macduff's Castle

Situated on the Fife Coastal Path, Macduff's Castle is a ruined castle near East Wemyss associated with the Macduff Earls of Fife, the most powerful family in Fife in the middle ages. The present ruins are the remains of the home of the Wemyss family, who lived there from the 14th century, and their successors in the 16th century.


A visit to the beautiful coastal town of Burntisland makes for a great family day out. Head to the seafront where you'll find two activation panel - one is next to the Beacon Leisure Centre and the other is near the play park. 

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries 

Visit the award-winning museum in Scotland's ancienct capital and the augmented reality experience can be found in the Royal Gallery (3rd floor), where you'll look across to Dunfermline Abbey, the burial place of Kings and Queens including Warrier King Robert the Bruce. 

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. PLEASE NOTE although the Palace is currently closed, the gardens are open and you can still enjoy the augmented reality experience.

Aberdour Castle

The panel can be located on the grass next to the castle 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. PLEASE NOTE the Castle is currently closed, but you can still enjoy the gardens and the augmented reality experience.


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 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.

You can check your phones features at Enter the phone in the search box. Once it comes up and you've selected the phone, scroll down to features and if it says "Gyro", your phone should be compatible. 

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