From the main pier Kinross, on the shores of Loch Leven, we had to take the boat that took us about 10 minutes to Castle Island, where the amazing remains of Loch Leven. This castle was constructed in the 13th century by King Alexander III on the charge of the family of Douglas. After having an important role in the wars of independence, for its location and remoteness, was in the year 1567 when the castle is most famous as that by order of Queen Elizabeth I is imprisoned in the castle to Queen Mary Queen of Scots. The same guardians of free reign and one of them (who is said to have loved the queen in exile in their own land), was made Earl of Morton for his participation. Later the castle was bought by Sir William Bruce, his descendants donated it to Historic Scotland, who is responsible for it currently. A recommended visit since the boat ride is lovely, for lovers of the castle and the story and the island itself offers beautiful lake views and the ability to walk through it, like the Scotland's most significant queen did over 400 years ago.
The largest lake in the Scottish lowlands, the semi-circular Loch Leven offers amazing scenery and activities that vary according to the time of year. We arrived at the beginning of January, and found the lake completely frozen like a great white deser, with icy winds pushing the snow across the surface. Sheep graze close to the water, and children, parents and pets walk and play around the lake. Some are amazed by the boats trapped in the ice, and others are cautious. We visited again in the early spring, when the thawing lake offered a very different scene. Loch Leven has seven islands, of which the largest is the St Serf, where you can see the remains of a small abbey. The lake was declared a nature reserve in 1964, and currently offers a variety of routes on foot or bicycle around the area. Interestingly, there is another lake of similar dimensions by the same name on the west coast of Scotland. Loch Leven is full of history. On one of the biggest islands you'll find a castle, which can be visited by boat (weather permitting). This was the refuge of Mary Stuart, known commonly as Mary Queen of Scots, who was beheaded by her cousin Elizabeth I.