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Lochleven Castle

The setting for the most traumatic year in the life of Mary Queen of Scots

Lochleven Castle

This late 14th or early 15th century tower was the setting for the most traumatic year in the life of Mary Queen of Scots.

It was here in 1567 that she was imprisoned and forced to abdicate before her dramatic escape a year later. Visitors can enjoy the fragrance from the large beds of pink purslane in the south and east wooded walks from April to July.


  • The boat ride – follow in the footsteps of Robert Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots as you cross the loch to the island.
  • The location – the quiet island setting lets the visitor explore at leisure and conjure up images of the hapless Mary languishing in her prison.
  • The 14th-century tower house – still largely complete, and where the visitor will stand in the rooms that served as Mary’s prison cell.
  • The 16th-century Glassin Tower – a charming residential tower projecting from the castle’s enclosure wall.
Green Tourism Award - Silver


Region – Perthshire, Kinross and Angus
Postcode: KY138UF

Opening arrangements

1 April - 30 September ,, Daily, 10.00am to last outward sailing at 4.15pm

Winter (Oct only)
1-31 October,, Daily, 10.00am to last outward sailing at 3.15pm

Admission prices

April - October
Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

Events at Lochleven Castle

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30 March 2015

Allan Ramsay - Master Draughtsman

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