Loch Leven Castle

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Loch Leven Castle
Castle Island, Loch Leven, near Kinross, Scotland
UK grid reference NO137017
Lochleven west wall.JPG
Keep an wast waw o the castle
Loch Leven Castle is locatit in Scotland
Loch Leven Castle
Loch Leven Castle
Coordinates 56°12′N 3°23′W / 56.20°N 3.39°W / 56.20; -3.39
Teep Touer hoose an coortyard
Site information
Owner Historic Scotland
Controlled bi Douglas o Lochleven
Open tae
the public
Condeetion Ruined
Site history
Biggit 1300 CE
In use Till 17t century
Materials Stane

Loch Leven Castle is a ruined castle on an island in Loch Leven, in the Perth an Kinross local authority aurie o Scotland. Possibly biggit aroond 1300, the castle wis the location o militar action during the Wars o Scots Unthirldom (1296–1357). In the latter pairt o the 14t century, the castle wis grantit bi his uncle tae William Douglas, 1st Earl o Douglas, an remained in Douglas' haunds for the next 300 years. Mary, Queen o Scots wis imprisoned here in 1567–1568, an forced tae abdicate as queen, afore escapin wi the help o her gaoler's faimily. In 1588, the Queen's gaoler inherited the teetle Earl o Morton, an muived away frae the castle. It wis boucht, in 1675, by Sir William Bruce, wha uised the castle as a focal pynt in his gairden; it wis nivir again uised as a residence.

The day, the remains o the castle are pertectit as a category A leetit biggin, in the care o Historic Scotland. Loch Leven Castle is accessible in simmer bi the public via a ferry.