Lochleven Castle

The castle is closed for now. Find out more about Historic Environment Scotland’s COVID response.

Imagine being imprisoned in this island stronghold. Mary Queen of Scots was once a guest here, but her former host turned her jailer in 1567. She eventually escaped, never to see Scotland again.

Th tower house where Mary was held is one of Scotland’s oldest, built in the 1300s. On a previous visit, as a guest, Mary had one of her long religious debates with Protestant reformed John Knox here. Long before Mary’s time, Robert the Bruce visited Lochleven.

What to see and do:

  • Cross the loch by boar to reach the island, just as Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots once did
  • Stand in the tower house rooms where Mary was held against her will
  • Admire the Glassin Tower, a charming circular residence built in the 1500s that projects from the enclosure wall
  • Roam the quiet island at your leisure to soak up the peaceful setting and atmosphere
  • Breathe in the heady scent of pink purslane in the south and east wooded walks from April to July
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the castle


For admission prices and opening times please visit our website.


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