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Lochleven Castle

Pier Road, Kinross KY13 8UF, Scotland
+44 1577 862670
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Worth a visit

Lovely visit to a great peace of history. You arrive to a the gift shop and check in for your spot... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dalgety Bay, United Kingdom
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A visit with a difference

You need to take a ferry (max 12 people) from Kinross pier. Takes about 10 minutes to get to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Pier Road, Kinross KY13 8UF, Scotland
+44 1577 862670
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely visit to a great peace of history. You arrive to a the gift shop and check in for your spot on boat (included in price of ticket but make sure you pre book as only 12 seats per boat) we were taken over to...More

Thank ArishaIsabella
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need to take a ferry (max 12 people) from Kinross pier. Takes about 10 minutes to get to the island. Book your place online. I visited on a cold and gloomy day, and the ruined castle had a sense of foreboding. After looking round...More

Thank Essbee53
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had been meaning to visit Lochleven Castle for ages. So I finally done it. Entrance fee basically covers the short boat trip over to the island. There are no toilets, shops or cafes on the island, only the castle ruins to look around. There...More

Thank Kelly M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a misty day. The entrance fee includes the boat trip across. The boat holds 12 people. It takes 10 minutes. The castle is ruined and has lots of history. Mary Queen of Scots was held here. There is a toilet block but...More

Thank Julie H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are interested in Scottish History you will enjoy this place. Contrary to some of the negative views, the story boards are the usual high quality you come to expect from Historic Scotland. It is worth buying the guide book (£3 or £2 for...More

Thank Ian P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff at the ticket office were extremely helpful and let us cross to the island on a specially laid on boat as the normal boat was full. The trip took about 15 minutes and we learned about the loch level being drained by the...More

Thank MarcusHurley
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Castle closed when we visited. There are some nice walks beside the water from the car park along the Loch. There are toilets next to the main car park now (1 disabled toilet and 1 unisex) the 1 unisex toilet was out of order. With...More

Thank LesGUk
Reviewed 11 August 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 find (the GPS...More

1  Thank MrSpiceMan
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

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 and vastly reducing the size of the current small island....More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 9 August 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 year. She had to abdicate...More

Thank Linda B
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7 September 2017|
Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Hi Susan, Tickets can be picked up from the Boat House at the Kinross Ferry Landing. The boat will leave from here too. I hope that helps and enjoy your visit. Best regards
Keith T
3 September 2017|
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Response from ifuseekaimerz | Reviewed this property |
No u can spend as long as you want. There is a boat back ever 45mins.
24 July 2016|
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Response from Jenn O | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you can get a bus to the town then walk to the Loch. The boat ride there and back was a few pounds, takes about 10minutes to cross the loch. Not sure whether its covered under your Pass, sorry