Loch Leven, the largest loch of the Scottish lowlands is the main feature of this area. Declared a nature reserve in 1964, the loch is today of international importance attracting around 15,000 geese every autumn. For those with a love for wildlife, a visit to RSPB Vane Farm, part of the Loch Leven nature reserve is an ideal day out for all the family. Visit the viewing hides for some close up views of wildlife or follow the trail to the top of Vane Hill and enjoy the view! Sitting peacefully on an island in Loch Leven is the enchanting Loch Leven Castle, which is reached by a small ferry. Kinross House is an excellent piece of architecture, its gardens, which are open to the public, are some of the finest formal gardens in Scotland. For the golf enthusiast you are spoilt for choice in this area, Muckhart Golf course is just 3 miles away, Gleneagles, 14 miles and St Andrews, 23 miles. Gleneagles offers the chance to play on three of the finest championship courses in Scotland, the famous King’s Course, the secluded Queen’s Course and the PGA Centenary Course - venue for the 40th Ryder Cup in 2014. There is also a Golf Academy with professional coaches and the Wee Course, a 9 hole course for golfers just starting out. St Andrews Links is the home of Golf with seven golf courses which include the Old Course and the Castle Course. The courses are open to all, as are the golf practice centre and the three club houses. Just 14 miles away, Dunfermline has much to offer, and is a conservation area with a diverse mix of historic buildings and architecture. The historic Abbey and the ruins of the Royal Palace lie to the south west of the town centre. Dunfermline also has a number of historic churches which dominate its sky line. On top of all this the town has a popular shopping centre with a pedestrianised high street and a newly extended shopping mall, and also boasts a theatre, library, sports centre and the Andrew Carnegie Birth Place Museum, after the famous philanthropist. The Scottish vintage Bus Museum, near Dunfermline has approx 170 vehicles, most of Scottish origin and in varying conditions. Perth, just 20 miles away, has a theatre and concert hall, and a good selection of shops and with Edinburgh just 30 mins away, The Bothy is conveniently located to explore Perthshire and central Scotland.