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Lochleven Castle, Kinross

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Loch Leven Castle is a ruined castle on an island in Loch Leven, in the Perth and Kinross local authority area of Scotland. Possibly built around 1300, the castle was the location of military action during the Wars of Scottish Independence (1296–1357). In the later part of the 14th century, the castle was granted by his uncle to William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas, and remained in Douglas' hands for the next 300 years. Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned here in 1567–1568, and forced to abdicate as queen, before escaping with the help of her gaoler's family. In 1588, the Queen's gaoler inherited the title Earl of Morton, and moved away from the castle. It was bought, in 1675, by Sir William Bruce, who used the castle as a focal point in his garden; it was never again used as a residence.Today, the remains of the castle are protected as a category A listed building, in the care of Historic Scotland. Loch Leven Castle is accessible in summer by the public via a ferry.
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  • My family and I visited this castle last week and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. My girls especially enjoyed the boat trip over to the island. Once on the island the views are amazing. We...  read more »
  • It is a castle on a small island. The State of conservation of the Castle not is as the in Edinburgh, but not is bad. Everything is clean, care and information panels (bare). Around there is some forest whereby you can also stroll, but it runs through in 3 minutes. And the Castle, reading information and making photos in some 20. There are picnic tables and good weather, eating there seems to be very nice (although being Scotland, the good time is scarce). It access is made by boats with a capacity of some 10 people. During the journey, will have some beautiful photos of the island. The reservation system is not the best, so it is advisable to go soon, book the first available time and take a walk around the village. Not be if support reservation telephone or from one day to another. As for the price, we use several days pass for several attractions, then I can not comment. By the way, the pass is very recommendable.
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  • Enjoyed the diversion and smattering of historical interest in our visit to the area. Not a great deal to see, but it's a quirky visit as you have to take a boat across to a little island to see the r...  read more »
  • go for a look and visit the island on the boat running in the summer. well worth a look at some Scottish history
  • Nice place! Lots of history here
  • It is really nice, you can also see some pheasants really cute!
  • Visited this island in the middle of loch leven and totally loved it,was a great day!will via sit again!.:-)
  • Very nice service, recommended for Sunday afternoon journey. ..
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