View from Lochleven Castle.

Earlier today I visited Lochleven Castle, near Kinross in Perthshire, Central Scotland.

This castle is located on an island in Loch Leven and hence to access the site entails a boat trip, of about 10 minutes. The boat trip itself is of great interest as the Loch is a nature reserve and home to a large of number of waterfowl including swans, geese and herons.

The castle dates from around 1257 and comprised:

  • Outer Courtyard.
  • Curtain Wall
  • Tower House
  • Great Hall and Kitchen.
  • Glassin Tower (16th century).
  • North Range.

Lochleven castle will be forever associated with Mary, Queen of Scots who visited the castle in 1561, 1563 and 1565. However, events turned and in June 1567 she returned to the castle as a prisoner following defeat at the Battle of Carberry Hill. Mary spent almost one year at the Castle before escaping in May 1568. During this latter period she suffered a miscarriage and was forced to abdicate.

Boat Transfer to Lochleven Castle, Scotland.

14th C Tower House at Lochleven Castle, Scotland.

Here is a video taken from within the castle walls.

Window Seat at Lochleven Castle, Scotland.

Pheasant at Lochleven Castle, Scotland.

Here is a video clip of the Loch, Castle and Kinross House.