Many people visit Loch Leven without much of a plan or a route in mind to follow, and that is of course absolutely fine and a great way to experience this lovely area of Scotland. However, if you're looking for a trail to follow then the Loch Leven Heritage Trail is a wonderful option. Taking you past a number of interesting points around the loch, the 21km trail is quite long but is also great for a casual walk as the ground is pretty level for most of its length. Cyclists can also follow the route if they wish, however we think it is best explored by foot as there are many things to see along the way, as we've highlighted below:
How do you follow the Trail?
Typically, the route is split into 5 sections, which we've outlined below. We've made sure to highlight things to see and do within each section in case you'd prefer not to walk the entire route and instead tackle the part of the route which seems most interesting to you.
Let's look at each section in closer detail:
Kinross Pier to Mary’s Gate walk, 2.5km
Mary’s Gate to Burleigh Sands walk, 2km
Burleigh Sands to Pow Burn walk, 2.5km
Pow Burn to Findatie and RSPB Vane Farm walk, 7.0km
Loch Leven Mill to RSPB walk, 7km
We should mention that the above route is just the most common route, and is not necessarily the best route or the route we'd choose to take. A popular alternative route starts and ends at Loch Leven's Larder, which is quite nice as you can enjoy a coffee either before or after the walk. You can tackle this route either clockwise or anti-clockwise.
If you choose to start at Loch Leven's Larder, you can walk right round to the Loch to The Boathouse restaurant area near the pier, where you'll find toilets and an information panel (pictured).
You can also alter your walk slightly to pass the RSPB visitor centre, where you can stop to use the toilet and buy some refreshments.
After you've visited the RSPB visitor centre, you'll have the choice to continue the Heritage trail or to detour slightly via the Wetlands Trail, which takes you a bit closer to the loch and the wildlife.