August 05, 2011

Loch Leven

Loch Leven Dawn by angus clyne
Loch Leven Dawn, a photo by angus clyne on Flickr.

Home to some of the most startlingly beautiful scenery in Scotland, Loch Leven in Kinross-shire is the kind of place you have to stick around for dawn, noon, afternoon, and evening in order to get a full perception of all its moods and faces. 

Historically this loch was the prison of Mary Queen of Scots, and in the 1830s when the loch was partially drained a relic of hers was found--"a handsome sceptre, apparently of cane, hilted with ivory, and mounted with silver, upon which latter were the letters of the words, "Mary, Queen of Scots," are almost wholly legible."

Loch Leven.                                  This is Scotland by sarniebill1
Loch Leven. This is Scotland, a photo by sarniebill1 on Flickr.

Loch Watten in Caithness is regarded as "The Leven of the North" by many anglers. 

Bonnie Loch Leven. by Brian Forbes
Bonnie Loch Leven., a photo by Brian Forbes on Flickr.

Loch Leven is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and a Special Protection Area.

Through the mist of Loch Leven by sarniebill1

You can view the most attractive portions of the loch from the Heritage Trail.

Loch Leven Sundown Kinross. by Brian Forbes
Loch Leven Sundown Kinross., a photo by Brian Forbes on Flickr.



  1. Hi Abby - the bottom four pictures are of a different Loch Leven from the one in Kinross-shire you are describing. They are of the Loch Leven which is a sea loch on the west coast of Scotland near Fort William.

  2. Thank you very much for pointing that out! I have changed the pictures.


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