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Stirling and St. Andrews
Kinross & Loch Leven

Kinross & Loch Leven
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Parks Vane Farm RSPB wildlife sanctuary is on the south side of the loch - famous for wintering wildfoul, notably wild geese and duck. It is always an impressive sight to see a giant moving dark cloud clacking its way to and from the loch. Find out all about birds and their habitat. Interesting woodland walks on Vane Hill. All welcome, bring the binocs and long lenses but leave the dogs at home. 01577 862355.

Lochore Meadow ParkParks Lochore Meadow Park only a few minutes by car from Loch Leven on the B920 towards Lochgelly. This former mine workings has been transformed into a mecca for the Landlocked sailor. Canoes, Kayaks and dinghies are available 01592 414312. They also run good outdoor courses during the summer. Hacking and trekking through the park as well, look for the Riding Stables 01592 861596.

Scottish Gliding CentreAttraction Scottish Gliding Centre - an altogether different experience soaring above the Loch on the thermals created by the hills. Trial flights and courses available all year from Scotlandís Largest gliding club 01592 840543.

The Lomond Country InnRestaurants, Cafes, etc. The Lomond Country Inn Kinnesswood on the east side of the loch. On a good day you can sit out on the terrace and gaze over the Loch. 01592 840253. Try the steaks at dinner. Work up an appetite along the Tetley Tea trail -steep walk on Bishopís Hill from Scotlandwell Church.

Loch LevenParks Loch Leven, one of Scotlandís premier fishing lochs renowned for its unique brown trout, now also stocked with rainbow. 50 boats available for hire during the season from dawn till dusk - very busy at weekends, 01577 865386. Book either of the two golf courses, challenging for experienced golfers yet not too difficult for groups. Once you have finished why not pop across the road to the Defiance Bar at the Green Hotel. David and his friendly team will look after you. The curling rink at the Green is open during the winter, best to come during the day or book well in advance for evenings, 01577 863467.

The Cashmere ShopAttraction The Cashmere Shop at Todd and Duncan dye works. Well worth a visit - tasteful designs, quality cashmeres and designer clothes. Part of the Pringle empire. An excellent presentation of the full story of cashmere from goat to coat 01577 861999. Just along the road, you either love them or hate them but if you like to haggle and are searching for a bargain - this is the place to be on a Sunday Kinross Sunday Market.

Loch Leven CastleHistory and Culture Loch Leven Castle nestles among the trees on a small island on the loch - famous as the prison of Mary Queen of Scots, escaping after almost a year only to be defeated weeks Later at the battle of Langside. A small ferry will take you across in the summer where the children can imagine themselves as pirates or adventurers - remember to collect them before you come home.

KinrossAttraction Kinross and its neighbour Milnathort are traditional droving and market towns which intersect the M90 from Edinburgh to Perth and the A91 from Stirling to St. Andrews along the hillfoots. Dozens of old pubs still remain in the area. Try the Muirs Inn for their specialist whiskies and good bar food 01577 862270. The Windlestrae Hotel is just along the road with its own small pool and gym 01577 863217. The bistro at the Croftbank has an interesting menu 01577 863819 and if you like Indian, I would recommend the Raj Mahal - Monday night is help yourself buffet night - wow! 01577 864884. Carlin Maggies serves good Scottish fare 01577 863652. Loch Leven Leisure Centre - fairly new leisure pool with squash courts offer an extensive range of classes for swimming and exercising. Check whatís on before you go. (Situated next to the health centre mentioned here as a point of reference only and hopefully not a destination) 01577 863368.

Kinross HouseHistory and Culture Kinross House an imposing house reputed to be one of the most impressive Palladian mansion houses created by the architect William Bruce overlooks the loch, the gardens of which are open during the summer with spectacular herbaceous borders.

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