Kinross-shire is the second smallest but a most lovely county surrounded by Perthshire, Fife and Clackmannanshire. This county lies gently amidst rolling hills making it an ideal location for cycling, hillwalking, fishing, golf, bird watching or for any other reasons to relax and enjoy the beauty of Scotland. Kinross-shire is situated at junction 6 on the M90 providing a smooth access from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Perth. Known as the gateway to the Highlands, Kinross-shire nestles around the historic Loch Leven where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567 on Castle Island.
For a small county Kinross-shire has been rich in history and natural beauty. One of its main attractions, the Loch Leven, an only lake, described as remarkable for its associations instead of its natural attributes. While the scenery on the Devon, west of the Crook where the river here forms the boundary with Perthshire, is indeed of a scenic and romantic view. At one place the stream rushes through the rocky gorge with a loud clacking sound which has given to the spot the name of the Devil's Mill, and later it flows under the Rumbling Bridge. In reality there are two bridges, one built over the other, in the same vertical line. The lower one dates from 1713 and is unused; but the loftier and larger one, erected in 1816, commands a beautiful view. A little farther west is the graceful cascade of the Caldron Linn, the fall of which was lessened, however, by a collapse of the rocks in 1886. Another point of attraction is the Kinross House, an establishment which has its own history. This was built in the 15th century courtesy of Sir William Bruce. The Montgomery family currently resides in this house and is not open to the public. However, the magnificent gardens are open during the summer months and are truly worth visiting.
A small county such as Kinross-shire has its own share of historical landmarks that is the likes of Loch Leven Castle. It was in this castle that the once Queen of Scots, Mary slept. In fact she was imprisoned here until she was smuggled across the lake in the middle of the night. Another fascinating attraction in Scotlandwell is the The Well, this drinking station was reputed to cure his majesty, King Robert the Bruce of his leprosy. At one point, Scotlandwell was a monastic centre that served as a hospital run by the monks. A part of the treatment was having the patients drink from The Well. To further satisfy your taste for history and culture walk down past the lane of Portmoak Parish Church. The churchyard houses the remains of popular poet, Michael Bruce. The Bruce Gravestone actually marks the site of an ancient Culdee place of worship as well as an hospital and chapel built by Bishop Malvcism.
Fascinating Kinross-shire is undoubted suffused with amazing attractions and resources that will surely keep the tourist awed and enamored. Satisfy your curiosity for the past here in one of Scotland’s most attractive counties.