Loch Leven, the largest loch of the Scottish Lowlands is undoubtedly the main feature of this part of Perthshire. Declared a nature reserve in 1964, the Loch today is of international importance attracting around 15,000 geese every autumn. The new Heritage Trail gives access to some of the most attractive parts of the Loch allowing you to experience its remarkable history, nature and beauty at first hand. Part of the loch is the Leven National Nature Reserve at Vane Farm, an ideal day out for all the family. If you're new to birdwatching, visit our viewing hides for close-up views of wildlife. If you prefer something more energetic, follow the steep trail to the top of Vane Hill and enjoy the spectacular vista – you may even see great spotted woodpeckers.
Sitting peacefully on an islet in Loch lies enchanting Loch Leven Castle. Between April and September, take the small ferry and witness for yourself the scene of intrigue and romance. The Castle gained infamy when it acted as a prison to Mary Queen of Scots in 1567. Her dramatic escape by boat is one of Scotland's most romantic tales.
Kinross House, built by Sir William Bruce, is another example of the fine architecture in Kinross, though NOT OPEN to the public. Families can enjoy Kirkgate Park in Kinross, which sits on the shores of the loch.
At Portmoak on the shores of the Loch, you will find the Scottish Gliding Centre where the adventurous can try an 'Air Experience Flight'. For a gentler pace, stop at the home of the 'Gentle Poet', Michael Bruce's Cottage, in the quaint village of Kinnesswood.
The remains of Burleigh Castle are located just outside the village of Milnathort, 1.5 miles north of Kinross, in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. The castle dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, and now sits beside the A911 road, opposite a 19th century steading, recently adapted into housing.
Angling, walking and golf all abound here. Net a unique pink fleshed trout in Loch or try for trout at numerous other fisheries in the area.
With your walking boots on, you can enjoy wonderful views from the summits of Benarty Hill and Bishop Hill.
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