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“A whole island and castle all to ourselves”
Review of Lochleven Castle

Lochleven Castle
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Kinross
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The island fastness of Lochleven is associated with many colourful events and has been visited by countless distinguished personalities during its history. Some of those taking the boat across Loch Leven came of their own accord, including King Robert Bruce (in 1313 and 1323). Others were held prisoner within the castle's walls - such as Robert, the High Stewart, in 1369, two years before his coronation as Robert II, the first of the royal house of Stewart.But the castle will be forever associated in the memory with another Stewart sovereign, Mary Queen of Scots. She first visited in 1561 as a guest of the owner, Sir William Douglas. But her last stay, in 1567-8, was as his prisoner. It was at Lochleven that she was compelled to abdicate her throne in favour of her infant son, James VI. The castle walls held her for less than a year. In May 1568 she escaped across the loch and before that month was out she was in exile in England. She never saw her native land again. Accessed by small passenger boat. Sailings run on a shuttle basis to and from the island on demand. The trip is about ten minutes each way.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A castle on an island – wow. Prison for a year of Mary Queen of Scots – double wow. We arrived about after lunch midweek about 2 pm at the boat launch. Asked when the next boat was leaving. Basically, told when you are ready. These are small boats holding maybe 20 adults. We were the only two aboard. Had a nice conversation with the boat operator who passed on some of the history of the area. We arrived at the island and there were three people waiting to take the boat back. We had the whole place to ourselves.

For about an hour we wandered the grounds read the signs and the history of the place explored the shoreline and took pictures. It was magical, with the silence broken only by the sounds of the birds.

Highly recommend this tour and even better to be the only ones on the island.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The boat ride was pretty quick, but very full! We rode over with a German choir group and once on the island, the choir made their way into the tower and began singing. We hoped they would clear so we could see more inside the tower, but they stayed. So, we explored the grounds and the base of the tower and listened to their beautiful singing. Kinross house across the loch from the castle was a beautiful site on this calm summer day. The water was like glass and reflected both clouds and the distant hills.

1  Thank Deb M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The boat ride was beautiful- we did the ruins in 45 minutes and returned immediately. Others stayed and picnicked. We got dessert (ice cream and cookies) from the Grub Hub! Excellent customer service from everyone from the young man at the Grub Hub to the Captains of the boat who shared their knowledge!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to visit on our recent tour but didn't get to island to see close up as no boat spaces. SO a MUST is pre book if you defiantly want to see close up on island. Instead we had a pleasant walk around part of the lake and viewed from afar - Nice cafe though overlooking lake

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

The boat ride to the tiny island is enjoyable. Else there is nothing special in the ruins of Loch Leven Castle. If you are interested in history, you may visit the place, unless otherwise you didn't find them in Wikipedica or in Google.

Thank SatrangKeSapne
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