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Lochleven Castle

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Address: Pier Road, Kinross KY13 8UF, Scotland
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+44 1577 862670
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The island fastness of Lochleven is associated with many colourful events...

The island fastness of Lochleven is associated with many colourful events and has been visited by countless distinguished personalities during its history. Some of those taking the boat across Loch Leven came of their own accord, including King Robert Bruce (in 1313 and 1323). Others were held prisoner within the castle's walls - such as Robert, the High Stewart, in 1369, two years before his coronation as Robert II, the first of the royal house of Stewart.But the castle will be forever associated in the memory with another Stewart sovereign, Mary Queen of Scots. She first visited in 1561 as a guest of the owner, Sir William Douglas. But her last stay, in 1567-8, was as his prisoner. It was at Lochleven that she was compelled to abdicate her throne in favour of her infant son, James VI. The castle walls held her for less than a year. In May 1568 she escaped across the loch and before that month was out she was in exile in England. She never saw her native land again. Accessed by small passenger boat. Sailings run on a shuttle basis to and from the island on demand. The trip is about ten minutes each way.

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Interesting bit of history

A small boat takes you across on a 15 minute trip to the island. There are few facilities here, but we took a picnic and sat at the picnic tables. Sadly joined by rather too... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Kinross, United Kingdom
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Kinross, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A small boat takes you across on a 15 minute trip to the island. There are few facilities here, but we took a picnic and sat at the picnic tables. Sadly joined by rather too many midges. The castle, which is largely derelict, is interesting, and there are lots of plaques explaining what everything is, and bringing it to life.... More 

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Kinross, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

A visit to the Castle should not be missed if you are coming to Kinross. The boat trip over the Loch is a pleasure with loads to see and the Castle is an amazing place to spend a few hours wandering round and taking it all in. Loads of history attached to this Castle, it being a temporary prison for... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We love Loch Leven Castle. It is a great day out and the children love taking the boat out to the castle. Make sure you call ahead to make reservations.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We had purchased a Historic Scotland 3 day pass so did not have to pay at the location for our visit. Luckily we arrived just in time for the next boat so had no wait. If however you are not so fortunate there is a small cafe and gift shop. We boarded a small boat, 12 passenger max, to the... More 

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Dollar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

One of the places that you can visit while in Central Scotland. If you can visit on a sunny day it is an ideal place for a picnic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We highly recommend visiting this spot. There is so much to offer for day trippers. The lake surrounding Lochleven offers a very nice trail for walkers, joggers or bike riders. Please take advantage of this you will not regret taking the time. The trip over to the island is great fun, just a short boat ride. The island itself as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Myself and my wife were out for a drive in the Kinross area, stopped and had a walk around part of Loch Leven and decided rather impulsively to pay Loch Leven Castle a visit. A short boat ride across the Loch takes you to the Castle. We are not members of Historic Scotland but good news if you are...the trip... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Our visit started in fog. We arrived early for the first crossing to Loch Leven Castle due to the foggy weather we had a short wait until the mist had cleared enough to sail. Needless to say once we started the short boat trip over it was amazing! There was still a little mist but as it lift on approach... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Utilised our Historic Scotland membership to visit Lochleven castle today. Got lucky with the October weather and it stayed dry. You take a small boat, 12 passenger max, to access the island where the castle is and they run every 45 mins. The castle is small but atmospheric and definitely worth seeing and it's history is very interesting. The 45... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Loved this - only two on the island the morning we visited - steeped in history. Be careful of the geese 'poo' early in the morning lol!!

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