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Loch Leven

Fishing on Loch LevenThe peace and tranquility of Loch Leven is unusual in these days of water ski-ing, jet skis and motor boats. The only sport allowed, at present, on the loch is trout fishing and the only boats are the fishing boats and a small ferry.

The loch is the largest of its kind in lowland Britain and has been a National Nature Reserve since 1964. Scottish Natural Heritage manages the reserve, which has been extended to include the RSPB Loch Leven (formerly Vane Farm) section run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

A ferry leaves regularly during the summer months from the pier by the Angling Centre to Castle Island and the fishing boats can be seen from May to October.

Old pier at KirkgateAt Kirkgate Park, a short walk from the town centre, there is a play park for younger children and plenty of space for ball games, picnics or simply sitting to enjoy the views over to Benarty or the Ochil Hills.

The old Kirkgate Cemetery, at the end of the park, is well worth a visit. There are some very interesting grave stones as well as spectacular views over the loch to Castle Island and the Lomond Hills.

The History of the Loch

Balado -- Carnbo -- Crook of Devon -- Kinnesswood -- Kinross -- Loch Leven -- Milnathort -- Rumbling Bridge -- Scotlandwell