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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  • August 11, 2017
    We had an awesome time here as we were on the first trip of the day by ourselves. So the three of us could roam around to explore for the 45 minutes until the next boat came over. A little hard to fin...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Great history associated with the Castle... What is not made obvious is that in the past before Loch Leven was partly drained the water level was much higher, reaching far closer to the Castle walls a...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Saw it from a distance on my previous trip to Scotland and was thrilled to visit the island this time. We caught the last trip by boat out to the island. Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned here for a...  more »
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  • Enjoyable enough, and would make a good place for a picnic with good weather, but be aware that the trip over is via a small boat (maximum of 12 passengers) and can be "exciting" if the Loch is rough or choppy. This also means that you could be waiting a while on the island for the return journey.
  • "The Ballad of Mary" took place in this castle. Mary lived the 19 years of her life imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth I following a rebellion of Scottish nobles in 1567. The Queen beheaded Mary in 1587.
  • Went on a drizzly week day in July. Not a soul there except us and the ghosts. It's a small castle ruin on an island in Loch Leven. Rand requires a short boat ride to get there. Fascinating history and lots of fun trying to imagine what is was like to live there.
  • Nice to visit on a Sunday, interesting facts shared on plaques at the castle but it is quite small and doesn't take long to explore. With it being October the weather isn't great but I imagine in the Summer it would be a lovey boat trip over and bring a picnic.
  • A short boat trip onto this historic island

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