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Lochleven Castle

Pier Road, Kinross KY13 8UF, Scotland
+44 1577 862670
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Brilliant Day

Getting to the castle on the boat was great, the island was so pretty and loads of history. There... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hawick, United Kingdom
Historical Jem!

I have visited this little castle a number of times over the years. It is crazy to imagine Mary... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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
Pier Road, Kinross KY13 8UF, Scotland
+44 1577 862670
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Getting to the castle on the boat was great, the island was so pretty and loads of history. There was lots of information onvthe island. Plus I could see my house from there.

Thank Annie285
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have visited this little castle a number of times over the years. It is crazy to imagine Mary Queen of Scots actually lived here as a prisoner!

Thank AngelaWatson
Reviewed 31 October 2017

We have the Historic Scotland annual pass and have been making our way around different places that are included with our 3 boys (aged 3,5,11) and wanted to make this one before it closed for the season. The boat ride over is very pleasant however...More

Thank Rachel P
Reviewed 22 October 2017

short little boat trip, lots of faffing around by staff until we eventually got set off. The trip across only 10 mins.

Thank npelliot
Reviewed 12 October 2017 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

1  Thank ArishaIsabella
Reviewed 8 October 2017

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 3 October 2017

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 1 October 2017 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 28 September 2017

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 19 September 2017

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
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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