Kinross is a town 28 miles north of
Edinburgh, 30 miles southwest of St
Andrews. The town is popular for its boat
trips to the historic Loch
Leven Castle, loch fishing, walk/bike
path around the loch, and golf.
See also a large Click On
Map for the area Top Attractions.
The image top is looking down the High
Street. The image second top is of the Cross
Well Fountain on the High Street. The road to
the Pier for boat trips begins at the
The image third top is of Kinross House. You
can view the house from the entrance gate at
the High Street. This mansion was built in 1686
for the architect Sir William Bruce to serve as
his own home. The house was bought by the
businessman Donald Fothergill in 2010. The
house can now be hired for weddings, functions,
and business meetings. Website.
is a popular bar diner at the Pier with views
over Loch Leven. There is a map board here that
gives information on the path around the loch,
named the Loch Leven
Heritage Trail, 12 miles around.
The loch is popular for fishing for brown
trout and pike with a number of boats for hire.
The top attraction at Kinross is the 10
minute boat trip from the Pier to Castle Island
that contains Loch Leven Castle. The castle was
built around 1250 with it being famous for Mary
Queen of Scots being held prisoner in the
castle in 1567/68. She escaped from the castle
in May 1568. Visit
Mary's Gate is on the path around Loch
Leven, about two miles out from the pier
heading northeast, out past the parklands and
picturesque old graveyard. This gate is said to
be where Mary Queen of Scots would have passed
through on route to the castle.
Club welcomes visitors with excellent
facilities. The two highly rated parks courses
are the Montgomery and Bruce.
The Mary Queen of Scots
Festival is held in early September most
years in the town centre park at the main
street named Muirs, across the road from the
large Green Hotel.
The festival has weapons and armour stalls,
jousting, food stalls, live music, and beer
is situated 2 miles north of Kinross. This
castle was built from the 1400s for the
Robert Balfour was sentenced to death by
beheading in 1707 for the murder of a
schoolmaster who married his childhood
sweetheart. Balfour escaped from Edinburgh
tolbooth and joined the Jacobite uprising,
proclaiming James Stuart king at Lochmaben.
After the defeat of the Jacobites, the lands of
Balfour were taken by the King.
1200s - Loch Leven Castle is built for an
A town grew around the castle as a staging
post for travelers between southern Scotland
and Perth, becoming the county town for
1296–1357 - the castle is fought over during
the Scottish Wars of Independence with the
English gaining control for some time.
The castle was re-taken by Scots during the
wars, thought to be by forces of William
1323 - Robert the Bruce stayed at the castle
and used it as a prison.
1300s late - the castle was acquired by
William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas.
1400s - Burleigh Castle 2 miles north of
Loch Leven Castle is built for the
1565 - Mary Queen of Scots visited Loch
Leven Castle as a guest of Sir William
1567 - Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner
at Loch Leven Castle.
1568 - Mary escapes from the castle.
1546 - Margaret Erskine and her son William
Douglas had a house built on the shore of the
Loch named Newhouse. This grand house replaced
the castle as their main residence.
1675 - the Douglases sold their land and
buildings at Loch Leven to Sir William
Bruce, the famous Scottish architect.
1685 - Bruce built Kinross House close to
where the Douglas mansion was, in line with
Loch Leven Castle. The old mansion was
Bruce preserved Loch Leven Castle to enhance
his view from Kinross House.
1700s - Kinross Estate and buildings passed
to the Grahams.
1700s late - the Grahams also gained control
of Burleigh Castle.
1700s late - Kinross town grew around iron
working, shoemaking, and weaving.
1800s - Kinross Estate passed to the
1884 - Kinross Golf Club is formed.
1939 - Kinross Castle was acquired by
Historic Scotland to serve as a tourist
attraction. Burleigh Castle was also taken over
by Historic Scotland to serve as a tourist
1990s - Kinross was a world leader in
2010 - the English businessman Donald
Fothergill bought Kinross House and Estate. The
house can now be hired for weddings and
Today - the town is in the centre of vast
areas of farm land growing a wide variety of
The town attracts many tourists on the A91
road passing through Kinross, Falkland, and St
The Todd & Duncan
cashmere factory in Kinross is still in