Discover Loch Leven in the heart of Scotland

Loch Leven Heritage Trail

  • Loch Leven Heritage Trail
  • Loch Leven Heritage Trail
The largest loch in lowland Scotland
Loch Leven is famous for its wildlife, scenery and history and all these elements can be enjoyed on this attractive lochside stroll.

Arriving from Perth by bus, begin at the bus stop outside the florist’s shop, walk up the hill, turn right and follow the brown signs for Kirkgate Park.

The trail begins at the end of the park, near the old graveyard with its watchtower which may have been used as a lookout for body snatchers. From here the path is easy to follow as it winds through open woodland and along the loch shore before reaching Pow Burn, where you’ll find a track to the café and shop at Loch Leven’s Larder.

In the early stages there are panoramic views to Castle Island, where Mary Queen of Scots was held captive in 1567- 68. Twenty-first century visitors can explore the ruined castle and island by taking the small ferry from The Pier near Kirkgate Park.

The service is operated by Historic Scotland and runs in the summer season only. Back on the Heritage Trail, a spur path leads to a hide nestling on the loch shore, an ideal vantage point for bird-watching. Loch Leven is one of Britain’s most important sites for waterfowl. In autumn up to 20,000 pink-footed geese zoom in from Iceland and Greenland and use the loch as a winter roost. Tufted ducks, mallard and gadwall nest on the loch’s seven islands and white-tailed eagles sometimes fly over the reserve. While out walking you might also glimpse a roe deer or even the elusive otter.

The sandy beach at Burleigh Sands lies near the mid-point of the route, a spot also noted for fine views to Benarty Hill and Bishop Hill.

Return the same way or catch the bus back to Kinross by flagging down the bus at the Loch Leven’s Larder road end.

Respect Nature
The whole of Loch Leven is a National Nature Reserve providing a haven for wildlife. The birds that congregate along the loch shore are particularly vulnerable to disturbance. Even on the trail you will pass through wildlife sensitive areas, so please go quietly. Please keep dogs under close control and clean up after them.