Loch Leven Castle is a ruined castle on an island in Loch Leven. Possibly built around 1300, the castle was the location of military action during the Wars of Scottish Independence (1296–1357). In the latter part of the 14th century, the castle was granted by his uncle to William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas, and remained in the Douglases' hands for the next 300 years. Loch Leven Castle was strengthened in the 14th or early 15th century, by the addition of the five-storey tower house or keep.

Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned here in 1567–68, and forced to abdicate as queen, before escaping with the help of her gaoler's family. In 1588, the Queen's gaoler inherited the title Earl of Morton, and moved away from the castle. It was bought, in 1675, by Sir William Bruce, who used the castle as a focal point in his garden; it was never again used as a residence.

Loch Leven Castle had fallen into ruin by the 18th century, but the ruins were conserved and rubbish removed in 1840. Loch Leven Castle was given in to state care in 1939, and is now managed by Historic Environment Scotland. Today, the castle can be reached by a 12-person ferry operated from Kinross during the summer months.



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Founded: c. 1300
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Sheryl Mather (8 months ago)
Stunning Monument and beautiful panoramic views ..Love it here ..definitely worth a visit ..
Paul Allen (13 months ago)
Beautiful, tranquil stopover on my trip from Aberdeen to Newcastle. Stunning views of the Loch and castle. A hidden gem!
Lewis Nicoll (14 months ago)
Great castle but requires a ferry trip to visit
mcdermc (15 months ago)
Loch Leven Castle is a ruined castle on an island in Loch Leven, Perth & Kinross, Scotland. Possibly built circa 1300, the castle was the location of military action during the Wars of Scottish Independence (1296–1357). Being on an island, Lochleven Castle is reached by passenger boat from the mainland pier. The ferry crossing takes 10 minutes & the boat holds up to 12 people at a time. All visitors must go to the ticket office on arrival.
yvonne ross (2 years ago)
Great ride out in boat lovely picnic at castle staff were lovely
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