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Lochleven Castle

Pier Road, Kinross KY13 8UF, Scotland
+44 1577 862670
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Great trip out on the boat

Historic Scotland have really maintained this castle, lot of picnic tables so on a nice day great... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
shirleyfosterg
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Stirling, United Kingdom
It's best to book ahead on line

We had the grandkids for the day and it was a scorcher. We went on spec to see if we could visit... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Whisky-Sandy
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Bonnybridge, 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Pier Road, Kinross KY13 8UF, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Historic Scotland have really maintained this castle, lot of picnic tables so on a nice day great place out on the island for your picnic. Great place for photographs of the loch and castle.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the grandkids for the day and it was a scorcher. We went on spec to see if we could visit the castle but there wasn't a sailing with 4 vacant seats so we had to give it a bye. We'd been there before...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent trip. Very busy and lots of people going to the castle. We hadn't booked but didn't have too long to wait. We went to the play park to pass the time. Short 10 minute sail. Safety instruction given at beginning of journey. Explained how...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The boats are advertised as travelling to and fro but I was told I would have 45 mins to see the castle before the boat came back.Two boats were going out and back at the same time, despite being half full at most.The castle is...More

1  Thank Scotlandmac
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

We visited the castle on a lovely sunny day (May or June), and really enjoyed out visit. The boat ride out to the island was very relaxing and we found out time on the island incredibly peaceful. The guidebook that is available on site is...More

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Reviewed 29 June 2018

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....More

2  Thank beachbums_ceo
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

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...More

1  Thank Deb M
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Reviewed 21 June 2018 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...More

2  Thank dianewG746CG
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

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...More

1  Thank Tony M
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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.

1  Thank SatrangKeSapne
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Joolsalw
17 July 2018|
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Response from BarbaraRiekwel | Reviewed this property |
Yes, when we were there, there were plenty on board of the boat. They are not mandatory, but we were told that whoever wanted one, could you get one.
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