Stunningly beautiful and easily accessible, the Loch Leven area is a perfect base for holidaymakers in the heart of Scotland. Set in a convenient central location, Loch Leven offers visitors excellent value for money and combines all the ingredients essential for a fun-filled yet relaxing Scottish break, no matter what your age or your interests.
Visit Loch Leven and you'll quickly discover that the world-famous castle, the National Nature Reserve, golf, cycling, fishing and hill walking are just a few of the myriad things to see and do in Kinross-shire.
Due to covid-19 restrictions many attracttions are operating a little differently to usual. You'll see that we've linked you straight to the individual attracttions websites - or social media pages - and we would advise you to check opening hours and rules before you travel.
A huge expanse of open water, Loch Leven provides an ideal home for countless birds. Watch the quiet persistence of tufted duck and teal dabbling for food, or marvel at the awe-inspiring sight of huge flocks of wintering wildfowl. In summer, ospreys patrol the loch in search of a fish supper, whilst on the marshy edges your nose might be sensitive enough to lead you to the sweetly scented holy grass, an ancient form of incense.
Imagine being imprisoned in this island stronghold. Mary Queen of Scots was once a guest here, but her former host turned into her jailer in 1567. She eventually escaped, never to see Scotland again. The tower house where Mary was held is one of Scotland’s oldest, built in the 1300s. It was here that she suffered a miscarriage and was forced to abdicate in favour of her son, James VI.
On a previous visit, as a guest, Mary had had one of her long religious debates with Protestant reformer John Knox here. And long before Mary’s time, Robert the Bruce had visited Lochleven.
What to see and do
The Loch Leven Heritage Trail is a circular path that covers the 13 miles around the loch. Nice and even and all on one level, this beautiful walk is suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities, for cyclists, and for wheelchair and motorised scooter users.
You can access the trail from seven different car parks around the loch: Kinross Pier, Kirkgate Park, Burleigh Sands, Loch Leven's Larder, Findatie, the Cashmere Factory and the RSPB Loch Leven car park.
The RSPB also run a visitor centre on their section of the reserve which has a shop, café, observation room, educational facilities, toilets, and marked trails leading to three bird hides. A further three open hides are provided by NatureScot at locations around the loch.
A Tap Room is attached to the brewery and offers the full range of Loch Leven beers, 3 on handpull, plus 3 keg taps. Real ale can be ordered in pins and firkins from the brewery. A growler dispenser enables both cask and craft beers to be purchased to take home. Bottled beers and brewery gifts & souvenirs may be purchased from the shop.
Loch Leven’s Larder is a family-run farm, restaurant, deli and retail shop situated three miles from Kinross – in the heart of Perthshire. The constantly evolving Larder gives you a differing experience on every visit with the seasonal offer, menu and events changing be it spring, summer, autumn or winter. Why not visit this special location on Loch Leven to shop, walk, eat and experience it for yourself?
A bespoke lavender farm with the largest lavender fields in Scotland. Having moved away from high-input arable crops, they now farm in a more sustainable way. Visitors are welcomed to the farm in the summer months to explore the lavender in full bloom and see the distillation process in person.
Of course, there is so much more to see and do in this fantastic town and we recommend you visit the local websites for more info.