Kinross lies ten miles to the east of Dollar. A lot of charm is added to the town by the beautiful views of Loch Leven which the place gifts visitors.
The shores of trout-filled Loch Leven also happens to be most attractive part of Kinross. Nearby is the Balado Farm, the site of the annual T in the Park (www.tinthepark.com), a very large outdoor weekend music event in Britain. Phone code: +44 (0)1577
The A91 meets the M90 Edinburgh-Perth motorway by the town of Kinross, which is mostly bypassed by tourists speeding north to the Highlands or south to the capital. Kinross comes under the remit of the Perthshire Tourist Board and you don't even have to venture too far from the motorway to visit the helpful local Tourist Information Centre, which is next to the service area at Junction 6, Tel. 863680 April-June, September-October Monday-Saturday 0930-1730, Sunday 1100-1600; July, August Monday- Saturday 0930-1800, Sunday 1100-1700.
Local Sights & Activities for Kinross And Loch LevenSightseeing
Loch Leven Castle
On an island in the middle of Loch Leven, and visible from the M90, is the lonely tower of Loch Leven Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned for almost a year at the behest of Queen Elizabeth. She made a dramatic escape in May, 1568, with the help of her young, impressionable jailer. There's not much left of the 14th-century ruin, but it's an evocative place full of romance and history. During the summer a ferry leaves from Kinross to the island. (HS) Apr-Oct Mon-Sat 0930-1730 (ends 1630 Oct).
Not far from Loch Leven – Junction 5 off the M90 – is the RSPB reserve at Vane Farm, Tel. 862355. There are several nature trails to follow and three hides from which to observe the rich bird life of the loch. In autumn and winter you can see thousands of geese, as well as birds such as tufted duck, teal and peregrine. In September you may also see ospreys hunting for fish on the loch. Daily 1000-1700.
T In The Park
Just to the West of Kinross in Balado is T In The Park the "Glastonbury of the North" is A popular music festival held in July, with over 60,000 people desending on the small town of Kinross. Previous Headliners included The Darkness, Greenday, Foo Fighters,REM, Oasis, Manic Street Preachers and Radiohead.
Kinross And Loch Leven Events
Kinross And Loch Leven Hotels & Accommodation
If you're passing by around lunchtime there's a good restaurant only a few hundred yards away, The Grouse and Claret, at Heatheryford Country Centre, Tel. 864212. They serve game and seafood and also cater for vegetarians (mid-range, open daily except Mon). They also have three rooms for B&B.
Another good place to eat, and cheaper, is in the café of Dobbies garden centre Tel. 863308, next to the tourist office, or The Butterchurn, Tel. 01383-830169, just off Junction 4 on the M90.
In Kinross itself is Carlin Maggies, 193 High Street, Tel. 863652, a restaurant serving contemporary Scottish food.