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 latter 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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • A lovely setting which is made better when there is good weather but still enjoyable anyway. Good views in and around the castle and there's also a nice footpath and cycle path you can take around the mainland shore. There are plenty of car park spaces, a cafe and gift shop. The short (10 minute) boat ride can get chilly though so if it is grey you might want a good wind & waterproof. Can get a bit boggy on the island if the weather has been wet, so wear some decent shoes. The boats get round trip every 3/4 of an hour and there is a toilet on the island.
  • A lovely day out with the family, a short boat trip to the island, a chance to explore the castle and a little historical knowledge gained by all.
  • Historic ruins of one of Scotland oldest castles. Take the boat across the lock. Beautiful and you might glimpse some wildlife.
  • Love this place. Beautiful location and fantastic way of getting there on a boat across a loch and bird sanctuary.
  • Lovely place to visit. Got the boat over to the island and then had 45 mins there before the boat came back which was probably about the right amount of time needed.

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