If you’re looking for a fantastic location for your Film production or Photography fashion shoot – Kinross may just fit the bill. Located in central Fife, Scotland, Kinross is within a short commute from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dunfermline, St Andrews and Clackmannanshire.
The area is steeped in history and perhaps the most famous historical icon of Loch Leven is Loch Leven Castle where the legendary Mary Queen of Scots was captured while she tried to escape the English crown in 1568. Interestingly, this year (2019) a Mary Queen of Scots movie was released in the UK cinemas – I’m not sure if any of it was shot in Loch Leven, and the main cast being Americans and Australians.
The castle ruins themselves provide a very haunting and atmospheric scene for your movie, documentary or photo shoot. The castle can be accessed during the summer months via boat from the Historic Scotland office which is located by the Boat House.
So, lets begin our location tour, starting at the Boat House restaurant. Here you will find a small jetty where you can take the boat to Loch Leven Castle. There is ample parking and you are also close to the giant wall that protects Kinross House, which keeps the local population well at bay. Kinross house is rented out to the rich and famous for various functions.
All the locations can be found round the road which circles the entire loch. You can leave your car at the handy car park which has ample spaces. From there you can walk the path towards Kinross house which after 15 mintues walk, you’ll find another small jetty which I used as a backdrop for a fashion shoot. You can also drive along a small road from the town centre to get to this location and park at the small jetty. Close by is a haunting graveyard which belongs to Kinross house but is accessible to the public.
Next on your tour you can drive round the loch either direction until you pass by RSPB Vane Farm visitor centre and cafe. Don’t stop there but just past Vane Farm you’ll find Loch Leven Lodges cafe and picknick stop.
There is a car park and you can walk down to the sluice gates where the river flows into the loch. There’s a country lane with a small bridge and drystone wall which I’ve used for a backdrop. You are also a stone’s throw from the waterside with panoramic views of the Ochil Hills.
Continuing on your location hunt, you may wish to stop at Scotlandwell. This historically famous location is where the magical mystical healing well rests, its healing properties have been used by the red monks in mediaevil times. You’ll find a car park next to Scotlandwell church, and from there you can cross the road and walk up the the Kilmagad woodland walk. You just follow the path and it will snake up the hill giving you several vantage points showing a backdrop of Loch Leven.
I used this location to make two horror micro movies. A word of warning – if you’re shooting in this location during the winter months, wrap up warm!! The winds cut right through you so best to wear waterproofs to cut out that windchill.
Your final stop will be at Burleigh Castle, another historical place where Mary Queen of Scots used to dine with friends before she was put under surveillance.
The Castle is a mini castle and makes a haunting backdrop for any movie or photo shoot requiring atmosphere, especially on a foggy day.
So there you have it – Loch Leven is beautiful in all weathers and everywhere is accessible by car. There are plenty of cafes and Farm shops where your cast and crew can dine in style. You also have the town of Kinross nearby with amenities, petrol stations and hotels.