Historic Scotland

Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4.15pm (last outward sailing)

1 to 31 October:
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 3.15pm (last outward sailing)

1 November to 31 March:

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

Admission tickets are available to buy at the site and will be available to purchase online soon.

Check here for unexpected closures





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 is 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).


Nearest adapted toilet is at:

The Boathouse
Pier Road
KY13 8UF

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

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome:

  • at all Historic Scotland properties
  • within roofed areas

View our access guide to find out more about accessibility at more than 80 of our sites.

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