Walking & Cycling

Loch Leven

Stunningly beautiful and easily accessible, Loch Leven area is a perfect base for holidaymakers in the heart of Scotland. The loch is Scotland’s largest lowland freshwater loch. Set in a convenient central location, Loch Leven offers visitors all the ingredients essential for a fun-filled yet relaxing Scottish break, no matter what your age or your interests.

Loch Leven sits as the jewel in the crown within our Estate.  Covering almost 3,700 acres, the loch is one of the most important fresh water 'lakes' in Nortern Europe and is a designated National Nature Reserve. It is recognised as a trout fishery for over 150 years now, with the area also playing host to a great number and variety of wild fowl and plant species. More recent attractions have been regular sitings of ospreys and of Turquoise H, our white tailed eagle. 

RSPB Loch Leven Reserve, previously known as Vane Farm, is located on the south shore of the loch and its extensive wetlands is the ideal place to see and learn about the birds. It is also a fantastic family day out with lots of fun to be enjoyed by all, old and young!

No trip to Loch Leven is complete without a very scenic and short boat trip out to Lochleven Castle, best known for Mary Queen of Scots having been imprisoned there and her subsequent escape. Click here to read more about the history of the castle. 

Loch Leven Heritage Trail

The Loch Leven Heritage Trail (just 5 mins away) is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, observe the wildlife and take in the history of this beautiful loch which is now a National Nature Reserve. The trail encircles the Loch and runs for 13km and since the trail is traffic free, well-signposted (so no risk of getting lost!) and mostly flat, it’s ideal for walkers, joggers and cyclists and for most wheelchair users. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the Scottish countryside at its best with truly spectacular views across the Loch and its islands to the rolling hills beyond. The loch even has its own half marathon event each year now.

Additionally, we have the famous Michael Bruce circular walk, which takes you up and along Bishop Hill and Portmoak Moss – a spectacular walk with outstanding views across the loch.

Bikes are available for hire at our local Cycle Shop in Kinross.

Click here to access an informative article in a Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) publication about Loch Leven and the Heritage Trail.

In addition to the Trail itself, there is a network of other interlinked tracks and paths in the area.


Click here to view / download maps of the Loch Leven Heritage Trail.