Discover Loch Leven in the heart of Scotland
On the Loch with Loch Leven Castle in the background A Winter's Day overlooking Loch Leven A beautiful day for a walk in Sunny Park Wild Flowers Forest Trees on the Loch Leven Heritage Trail A friendly face

Visit Loch Leven - the natural choice for holidays in Scotland

History... Culture... Sport... Landscape... Wildlife... Visit Loch Leven and you’ll quickly discover that our world-famous castle, our National Nature Reserve, golf, cycling, fishing and hill walking are just a few of the myriad things to see and do in Kinross-shire and its neighbouring counties of Perthshire, Fife and Clackmannanshire.

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Activities and accommodation near Loch Leven to suit every taste

So what is it that makes Loch Leven such a popular base for tourists visiting the heart of Scotland? Well, firstly, there’s the legendary warm welcome and superb hospitality that await guests in the many hotels, restaurants, B&Bs and coffee shops to be found in the county town of Kinross and in nearby villages such as Milnathort, Crook of Devon, Powmill, Scotlandwell, Kinnesswood and Falkland.

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Holiday accommodation in Kinross-shire caters to all budgets and requirements, including:

Out and about in the Loch Leven area, you’ll find a rich seam of Scottish history to be mined... a panorama of picture-perfect scenery to be explored on foot, on bicycle or on horseback... and abundant adventures to experience - from canoeing or trout fishing on the loch to hiking up hillsides, or even taking to the skies in a glider, microlight aircraft or hot air balloon.

The Loch Leven Heritage Trail allows cyclists and walkers of all ages and abilities (with a little help from push chairs and scooters!) to make their way round much of the loch.

Meanwhile, if your idea of heaven is taking your trusty golf trolley for a walk, you certainly won’t be disappointed, as this spectacular part of Scotland is blessed with over 200 courses within an hour’s drive. These include several of world-class calibre, such as The Old Course in St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, and the Kings and PGA Centenary courses at the Gleneagles Resort.

Just 30 minutes from Kinross, Knockhill’s go-karting track and skid pan offer aspiring Lewis Hamiltons a thrilling opportunity to practise their handbrake turns. And if you prefer less stressful pursuits, why not take a step back in history with a tour of nearby Falkland Palace or a boat trip across to Loch Leven Castle.

Alternatively, you could indulge in a little retail therapy on Kinross High Street or at the ‘Cashmere at Lochleven’ factory shop, or in the charming gift shops to be found at Loch Leven’s Larder and Lochend Farm Shop.

Loch Leven Wildlife

Be part of the landscape when you visit Loch Leven

Loch Leven - the largest lowland loch in Scotland - and the idyllic countryside that surrounds it are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers. The popular RSPB Loch Leven centre is part of the word-famous Loch Leven National Nature Reserve, which is one of Europe’s most significant sites for birds.

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Every year, thousands of geese fly south from Iceland and Greenland to the reserve to spend the autumn and winter in the (relatively!) mild climate of Kinross-shire - an epic journey which has been taking place for thousands of years.

The unique and varied landscape of the Loch Leven area attracts flocks of hill walkers, too, though fortunately none of them have yet woken the mountainous ‘Sleeping Giant’ who slumbers to the south of the loch. Other local hills worth putting your boots on for are the lovely Lomond Hills to the East, the craggy Cleish hills to the South-West and the Ochils, which stretch westwards towards Stirling.

Of course, your own first experience of the loch will depend on the time of day and the season of the year. Will the surface of the water reflect deep hues of orange, pink and peach in the rising or setting sun? Will it be sparkling azure in the radiance of a midsummer’s afternoon? Will it look moody and mysterious amidst the autumn mists... or lie still and slate grey on a crisp winter’s morning?

Visit Loch Leven and enjoy the very best of Scottish hospitality - after all, 20 thousand pink-footed geese and 100,000 ‘T in the Park’ revellers can't be wrong!