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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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  • 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 r...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 fortun...  more »
  • 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.
  • It's a beautiful place to go on a sunny day and have lunch. If the weather is bad the castle isn't worth your money or time.
  • Good access to the castle, very interesting piece of history plenty to do round about the pier,Park,nature walk,
  • go for a look and visit the island on the boat running in the summer. well worth a look at some Scottish history