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“well worth it.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lochleven Castle

Lochleven Castle
Ranked #1 of 18 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.
Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“well worth it.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

the boat trip is ten mins long,nice smooth trip,boatman excellent,very helpful.
castle was great to visit.all in all excellent trip.

Visited June 2013
Thank ronnie c
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“enjoy the boat trip”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

Without the fun of the boat crossing this castle wouldn't add up to all that much. Worth a short visit though.

Visited May 2013
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189 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Will be back with a picnic next fime”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

Visited her on the May holiday Monday. Very busy and got the last 4 places on the boat. Very interesting castle to visit. Nice boat ride out. Also, very helpful staff in the office. We will be back and spend more time on the island.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank AlanG1967
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New Delhi, India
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“the castle in ruins”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

Indians are not known to preserve their monuments,yet Taj mahal and red fort are hundreds of years old and they are standing. This one is of the same age but is like a old burnt down house...I am surprised even people working there shared my opinion!

Visited June 2012
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West Calder, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Very peaceful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

The trip over and back on the boat is great as the boatmen are very knowledgeable. It was great to see where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. Great place for a picnic.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Jane W
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