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The Perfect Day Out At Loch Leven’s Larder…

9am – Meet in our Larder Café for a hearty breakfast. Whether you like the full works (our farmer’s breakfast), something lighter (smashed avocado on sourdough) or can’t resist something sweeter (like our pancakes with berry compote), there will be something to tempt you.

10.30am – Pack up the perfect picnic from our Greenhouse Café (chose from our ever-changing selection of sandwiches & salads, all made by our chefs) and a few deli treats (cheese, olives, cold meat and more) to enjoy out on the trail.

11am – Set off on the 12.5km nature trail, which is suitable for wheelchair users, bikes and walkers of all abilities. Loch Leven is a National Nature Reserve that’s important on a global scale. It’s home to large numbers of breeding ducks and a stopover for thousands of migrating geese and ducks flying south for the winter. You can stop at wildlife hides along the trail but you will be sure to spot creatures as you go. The clearly marked path winds through tranquil woodlands, lush farmland and secluded sandy beaches.

1pm – Stop for a picnic by the loch and enjoy your lunch in a tranquil setting with panoramic views. Remember to leave the area just as you found it and dispose of any litter responsibly.

2pm – Set off for the second half of the trail. The time taken to get all the way around will vary but around 3 hours seems to be the average, longer if you like to spend more time at the various nature hides and viewpoints. Just go at your own pace and enjoy!

3pm – (return time may vary) – Arrive back at Loch Leven’s Larder for a well-earned cup of something and perhaps a slice of cake to refuel after a long walk.

4pm – Get inspired for your evening meal in our foodhall, with fresh vegetables from our farm and meat from our butchery counter (and don’t forget our patisserie counter!). Depending on how decadent you are feeling, you may want to add a bottle of something from our carefully curated selection.

While you’re here…

Visit Burleigh Castle

Burleigh Castle

A 500-year-old tower house, and the seat of the Balfours of Burleigh for more than 250 years.

Walk the Michael Bruce Way

“How blest the man who, in these peaceful plains,
Ploughs his paternal field; far from the noise,
The care, and bustle of a busy world!”

A 3.5 mile walk around the foothills of Bishop Hill; named after poet Michael Bruce (1746-67) whose birthplace in The Cobbles, Kinnesswood, is now a cottage museum.

See the Bunnet Stane

Less than 4 miles from Loch Leven’s Larder is the Bunnet Stane, one of the most unusual rock formations in Scotland. The relatively gentle walk from the nearest parking area takes around 30 minutes.

Follow Mary Queen of Scots to Lochleven Castle

Loch Leven Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned

Take a boat trip to the famous castle which held Mary Queen of Scots captive. Why not follow it with a regal afternoon tea at Loch Leven’s Larder?

Outlander Trail

Located on the route between two Outlander filming locations (the historic towns of Culross and Falkland), we’re the perfect stop-off for fans of the Frasers.

National Cycle Network

National Cycle Network Route 1, which starts in Dover and finishes in the Shetland Isles, passes through the heritage trail and by Loch Leven’s Larder. Of course you don’t have to commit to all 1,695 miles and can pick and choose sections that appeal to you. For a map of the route click here.

Bikes and helmets can be hired just along the road from us at Loch Leven Cycles.

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