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 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 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?
NEW - 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.
NEW - Burntisland
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can check your phones features at https://www.gsmarena.com/. 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.