The county of Kinross has lots to experience and has an intriguing history. Situated beside Loch Leven, the largest loch in the Scottish Lowlands, you can take a ferry to the infamous Loch Leven Castle which acted as a prison to Mary Queen of Scots in 1567. Saoirse Ronan is soon to play the part of Mary in the latest Hollywood movie alongside Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I.
Loch Leven Fisheries - renowned nationally and internationally as a brown trout fishery for over 100 years, it has its own unique strain of brown trout, “Salmo Levensis”, which has been used to stock rivers, lakes and lochs across the world. With a fleet of 18 boats with outboard motors you can fish for brown trout and pike. It was declared a nature reserve in 1964 and attracts around 20,000 pink-footed geese in the Autumn and is one of Europe’s most important wetland sites with great numbers of breeding wildfowl.
Loch Leven Brewery - this micro-brewery is situated at the entrance to Kinross Golf Courses. Pop along and sample their premium beers which are brewed on site and inspired by local, Scots heroes. Warrior Queen is inspired by Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned less than a mile away from the Brewery at Loch Leven Castle where she was forced to abdicate the throne | Shining Knight is inspired by local philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie and this brew honours his legacy and achievements | King Slayer doesn't get its name from the Game of Thrones character Jaime Lannister but in fact, from a direct ancestor of the Brewery's Director. His ancestor, Gabriel de Montgomery, accidentaly wounded the King of France in a joust in 1559 | and finally, Outlaw King, inspired by King Robert the Bruce who was a true icon but was seen as some as an outlaw but was hailed as a hero by his local supporters.
Heritage Trail – locals and tourists can walk all or parts of the 16-mile heritage trail on the north and east shores of Loch Leven.
Kinross House – Sir William Bruce’s masterpiece is one of the most beautiful country properties in the United Kingdom and the first neoclassical Palladian mansion built in Scotland. Possessing one of the most historic views in Scotland, directly across from the 11th century Loch Leven Castle, Daniel Defoe referred to it in 1726 as “the most beautiful and regular piece of architecture, for a private gentleman’s seat, in all of Scotland, perhaps in all Britain…” and counts its famous visitors as Robert the Bruce, Sir William Wallace, John Knox and King Robert II.
Kinross Curling Rink is a four-sheet ice rink solely dedicated to curling and is home to more than 30 curling clubs and has dedicated instructors available to help you and equipment for hire if you fancy giving it a go.
RSPB Loch Leven Nature Reserve – The nature reserve offers a great day out for families, nature lovers and wildlife watchers alike. It’s a fantastic place to explore and discover nature and you can climb the trail through the woodland to the top of Vane Hill for spectacular views over the Kinross-shire hills and countryside. Cafes serve delicious, ethical food all year round and have fantastic views over the Loch itself.
Backstage at The Green – The Green Hotel has a well-established music venue called Backstage at the Green. This purpose-build space is a wonderfully intimate venue which means you can get ‘up close and personal’ with the singers and bands. If you’re seriously interested in music … Backstage is the ultimate live experience!
Scottish Gliding Centre – The largest gliding club in Scotland is based near Kinross and provides year-round flying to members and visitors. Whether you’re an experienced glider or just interested in knowing a bit more about this exhilarating sport, you can choose from a trial flight, mini-course or learn to glide package.
Coach House Spa at Kinross House – The Coach House Spa provides an exclusive, intimate and personalised experience to relax and rejuvenate mind and body. Whether you’re looking for a full day of pampering for a group or a little treat for yourself, their world-renowned products and five star trained therapists will create your perfect spa day.
Knockhill Racing Circuit is Scotland's National Motorsport Centre. Located just outside of Dunfermline, it's only 12 miles from Kinross. Experience everything from superbiking, rally driving, 4x4 off-road experience to driving racing cars. Drive everything from an Aston Martin, E Type Jaguar or a Ferrari F430. Alternatively, if you fancy taking control of a feisty 'pocket rocket' with 125bhp Yamaha engine then go for the Legends driving experience.