Lochleven Castle

Perth & Kinross | Kinross | Castle | ★★★

[Lochleven Castle]

Lochleven Castle is probably the most well-known of Scotland's clutch of islet ruins. Its natural moat comes in the form of Loch Leven, separating Castle Island from the mainland and marauding forces. The building is mostly famous for accommodating Mary, Queen of Scots on two occasions, first as a guest but the second time as a prisoner; on the latter occasion, she was forced to abdicate the Scottish throne to be replaced by her son, James VI. The compact, original tower dates from the 14th century, with the original entrance 5 metres above the ground at the middle of 5 floor levels. Ruins of various ranges and outbuildings occupy the inner courtyard enclosed by its curtain wall; there's also the small, circular Glassin Tower. A few informal trails wind through the woodland surrounding the castle, but given the island's small size, you'll soon be back at where you started.

[Main tower]

📌 Lochleven Castle ★★★
Location: Castle Island, Loch Leven, G.R.: NO 137018 ///cringes.barefoot.moats
Open (2019): Daily, April to October
Cost (2019): £9 (adults), £5.40 (children) including boat, free for Historic Environment Scotland members
Anything else? The castle is accessed only by boat every 45 minutes (booking recommended) departing from Kinross pier, G.R.: NO 123017 ///depth.limes.skate

[Lochleven Castle from the boat]

[Main tower]

[Curtain wall]

[View from the Glassin Tower]

[Glassin Tower]

[The island's main jetty]

[Woodland walks]

[Castle Island is also an important heronry]

[Main tower and range]

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