Leven, Loch

Lake, east-central Scotland.

Roughly 3 mi (5 km) in diameter, it is one of the shallowest of the Scottish lochs, having an average depth of 15 ft (4.5 m). It contains a subspecies of brown trout known as Loch Leven trout. Castle Island, one of the lake's seven islands, has the ruins of a 14th-century castle where Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned (1567–68).

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      lake in Perth and Kinross council area, central Scotland, at the centre of the historic county of Kinross-shire. Roughly circular in shape and about 3 miles (5 km) in diameter, it is one of the shallowest of the Scottish lochs—with a mean depth of 15 feet (4.5 metres)—and has become important as a nature reserve. The loch is a roosting area for geese in winter and a resting area for ducks. It is renowned for its fishing. Its trout—a subspecies of brown trout (Salmo trutta) known as Loch Leven trout—have been widely transplanted elsewhere in the world.

      The largest of Loch Leven's seven islands, St. Serf's, contains the ruins of an ancient priory that was transferred in 1150 to the Augustinians of St. Andrews. On Castle Island are the ruins of the late 14th-century Lochleven Castle, which served as a place of detention for many important persons, including Mary, Queen of Scots. In 1567 she signed her abdication there. During her escape in 1568 the castle keys were thrown into the loch, where they were found 300 years later.

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