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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  • Interesting castle to visit,take a picnic and enjoy looking over the loch, yet another place where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned. Nice 10 minute boat trip to the island from Kinross pier, howeve...  more »
  • Great place for an afternoon out. Beginning with the boat ride to the island, to all the history to be learned and absorbed, with excellent markers to guide you along the way, to the paths to be explo...  more »
  • An interesting historical place to visit in Scotland. Go there and imagine being there hundreds of years ago when life was so different..  more »
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  • visited Lochleven Castle on the 21st April 2018 for the first time, i didnt think this place existed as this small Island is very small in the Kingross area of Scotland. To get over to the castle, you have to get a boat over which only can take 12 people at a time and they run every 45 minutes to drop off and collect people back. 14 century tower and castle ruins with links to Mary Queen of Scotland imprisoned in 1567. Looking around was amazing this small Island on a beautiful sunny day learning more about the place. Lochleven Castle runs between April to September and opens at 10am.  Best advice is to come and visit on a nice day day which you will enjoy yourself even better. Once the boat collect you and takes you back to where you started, there is amazing cafe where you can get something to eat and drink. Well recommended to visit with the family or just with friends  its a nice little day out to enjoy yourself.
  • Small but one of Scotland's oldest castles. The ferryman drops you off at the island and returns in 45 minutes. Very awesome for a romantic tryst. 😉
  • Great place to visit you have to get the boat across to castle which you can book in advance or on day.do not go in May as the may flies are horrendous they only last for month of may.if you going take a picnic and boat regularly goes back and forward I will definitely go back but not in MAY😂
  • Loved this place! I brought my son and we had a blast exploring. We were the first boat and had the place to ourselves for a while!
  • 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.
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