Live /

Over 28 of our staffed sites have now reopened and we are delighted to welcome you back. Booking in advance is recommended to guarantee entry. Find out more and book now



Boat Reservations and Tickets

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

Boat reservations and tickets


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


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.


There is an adapted toilet located in the public toilets in the car park. These toilets are open from April to October.

Toilets are available on the island, down a slope which can be slippery. A hand sanitiser is provided as there is no running water.


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 at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

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

Historic Scotland

Opening times

This site is closed. We’re working hard to gradually reopen the places you love while making sure the experience is safe for everyone.


Download our visitor app

Discover more on the go – the Historic Scotland app lets you find out about Scotland’s most iconic places wherever you are.

Plan your visit

More than 20 of our sites are now open. Please book your tickets in advance.

Become a member

Join Historic Scotland to visit our properties free of charge for a full year and support our work at the same time.

Hire a site for filming

Use one of our fantastic locations on your next shoot for an awe-inspiring backdrop to your work.

Learning visits

Our 300+ historic places serve as creative inspiration for all sorts of learning activities – and for learners of all ages.

Search our events

See the past brought to life by the imaginative year-round programme of events at our properties.