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Lochleven Castle

Pier Road, Kinross KY13 8UF, Scotland
+44 1577 862670
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Nice castle....but

Boat trip over to the castle was really good.However, the walk around the castle was spoiled by the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
genuineview18
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
A wee adventure

Visiting this small ruin was a delightful adventure for us, from waiting for the boat and seeing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
fiona07
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Scotland, 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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“boat ride” (26 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Pier Road, Kinross KY13 8UF, Scotland
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"boat ride"
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"mary queen of scots"
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"historic scotland"
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"information boards"
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"small boat"
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"sunny day"
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"loch leven"
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"lovely trip"
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"takes about minutes"
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"scottish history"
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"beautiful setting"
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"we arrived early"
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"guide book"
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"great history"
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"boats run"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Boat trip over to the castle was really good.However, the walk around the castle was spoiled by the thousands of flies that inhabit the island.Glad we didn't have our homemade sandwiches there.Decided to have something to eat at the Boathouse Restaurant which is located at...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting this small ruin was a delightful adventure for us, from waiting for the boat and seeing the castle across the water, to the lovely boat journey itself, to the time we spent running around the small island and exploring every corner of it. If...More

Thank fiona07
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an awesome castle to visit. It is so fun to go visit as you have to take a boat across to visit it. It is a ruin but has wee information boards around it. There is picnic areas if you wish to picnic...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A short boat trip over to the island in the lovely Loch Leven was so pleasant. Once on the island, we felt transported back to when Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned there. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting the castle by boat (can be booked online or at Historic Scotland office onsite) makes this a unique short day out for all the family. 45 mins on the small island is enough for most folks.

Thank Fraser81
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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

One of the highlights of visiting the castle is the boat trip. The pilot of the boat is happy to talk about the castle and wildlife. You can stay at the castle as long as you like so why not take a picnic and relax...More

Thank anatomic
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Reviewed April 15, 2018

Great couple of hours here with the kids. it's a nice small island to walk around and a short journey on the boat to get here

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Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Pros: Enjoyable 5/10 minute boat trip across to the castle island (this must be booked online first or there may be no seats left) with the option to get the next boat back in 45 mins or stay longer for a later return trip. Boats...More

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Reviewed March 26, 2018

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, however the weather permitting in the HS website is appropriate as visited...More

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Reviewed March 23, 2018

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 explored and then a rest at one of...More

Thank Deb H
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susanl466
September 7, 2017|
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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
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Keith T
September 3, 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.
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Faithfog
July 24, 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
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