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Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 10am to 4.15pm (last outward sailing)

1 to 31 Oct:
Daily, 10am to 3.15pm (last outward sailing)

1 Nov to 31 Mar:
Closed

Due to limited capacity we recommend all visits to Lochleven Castle be booked in advance.

Facilities

 

Access

Parking

The large, level gravel car park is 90m from the mainland pier.

Visitors can be dropped off nearer to the pier by arrangement – please call 01577 862 670.

Approach to site

A small boat ferries visitors to the island. Visitors must be able to step into and out of the boat.

The piers on the island rise and fall with water levels and can be slippery.

The castle is about 30m from the pier up a grass slope. This can be very muddy in wet weather.

Visitor centre

The visitor centre:

  • is on the mainland
  • has step-free access over gravel

Monument

The grass courtyard allows access to the ground floor of all the ranges. Entry to the Glassin tower and bottle dungeon are through a narrow doorway.

Access to the first and second floors of the main tower – including the room where Mary Queen of Scots was held captive – is via a modern, open-tread wooden staircase with handrails on either side.

Toilets

Nearest adapted toilet is at:

The Boathouse
Pier Road
Kinross
KY13 8UF

Toilets on the island are down 5 wooden steps with a handrail.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended. A no fouling rule applies at all our sites.

Loch Leven is a nature reserve, therefore Visitors' dogs are not permitted on the island. 

Access Guide

For information on accessibility at more than 80 of our sites download our Access Guide

Tickets and Boat Reservations

Due to limited capacity we recommend all visits to Lochleven Castle be booked in advance.

Buy tickets and book boat

Historic Scotland members, Explorer Pass holders and reciprocal organisation members do not have to buy tickets, but must make a boat reservation. 

Boat reservation only

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