Loch Leven Castle; Wettest Place on Earth
On our drive to Inverness from Edinburgh, we decided to make an ill-fated stop at Loch Leven Castle. We imagined the ferry from the docks to the island to be a larger closed in boat, but instead we got a dinghy. Soaked to the core, we and the other families on the boat crammed in as much out of the rain as we could.
Once on the island you are greeted by the rather large ruins of Loch Leven Castle, an impressive stone structure. As you make your way to the castle, the engine of the ferry will roar to life as the ferryman leaves you and the other folks stranded on the island till he feels like returning.
Stranded, you are left with nothing to do but explore the ruins. Which are impressive till you want to leave, however you can't leave. The central keep is the best place to stand, as the basement of the castle is still closed in. You wonder how the noble whom took charge of this tiny island ever kept himself from going insane.
Nothing is nearby, unless you're planning on playing golf at Kinross Golf Course.
:How to get there:
If you actually want to go here, take M90 North from Edinburgh or South from Inverness.
:When to go:
Don't go in the rainy season. (It always rains, unless it is snowing.) Our friends in Scotland say that sunny days do happen, but we didn't experience many. There is surely a time when it isn't raining, but come prepared to get wet. That statement should be your mantra for visiting anywhere in Scotland. Rain happens, and it happens often. But the temperatures are very pleasant, in fact almost cold.
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