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Kinross, originally the county town of Kinross-shire, it has now become part of the county of Perth and Kinross. This charming, small, former market town, sits on the west side of Loch Leven, the largest of the Scottish lowland lochs. Due to it’s central location, near to the national motorway network, it is an ideal base for those wishing to discover the delights of central Scotland, being less than one hour’s drive to the major cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth. The area is a haven for golfers with the home of golf, St Andrews and the magnificent courses at Gleneagles, as well as over one hundred other courses within an hours drive. There are however, plenty of things to do and see close to the town itself. Foremost of these must be the Loch Leven Heritage trail, a 12 kilometre traffic free path, mostly level and accessible for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users, which takes you to some of the best parts of the loch, to experience the history, beauty and nature for yourself. A national nature reserve and the RSBB Loch Leven at the southern end of the loch are winter home to thousands of migrating pink footed geese. There is also a wide range of other wildlife including Otters, Red Squirrels, Ospreys and the occasional glimpse of Sea Eagles fishing in the loch. Loch Leven Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567 sits on an island in the loch and a visit is made more exciting by the need to take a boat trip out to the island. A small museum, located in the Community Campus, regularly assists visitors from all over the world, who are tracing their forebears who emigrated from these parts. The Kirkgate cemetery contains some fascinating gravestones; many record the trades of townsfolk. In nearby Crook of Devon at Tullibole Castle there is a memorial to the 11 people who were tortured, strangled and then burnt as witches in 1662 This is in the form of a maze with a pentagonal pillar at the centre. There are "good" words in the inner ring of the maze protecting the Pillar and lots of "bad" words in the dead ends of the maze. For the more adventurous there is one of the country’s best gliding schools on the loch side, as well as hang gliding and microlites at nearby Balado, home of the famous T in the Park festival every July. Kinross has it all, come and see for yourself.

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