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“Head of the promontory”, from the Scottish Gaelic words Ceann “head” and ros “promontory”. Kinross is built on a promontory protruding into Loch Leven. The name was recorded as Kynros in 1144.Kinross the County town of Kinross-shire maintains a rural market town feeling despite the M90 motorway running alongside. It is difficult to imagine that Edinburgh and Glasgow, with all the traffic, hustle and bustle, are so close. Kinross Town Hall

In the centre of the town can be seen the steeple which has rather an odd history. A church was designed in 1742 without a steeple. A committee was formed to raise money to provide one, the general feeling being that a church was not a church without a steeple. The money was, eventually raised, the steeple built and then the church was moved, leaving the steeple behind.

During the last century Kinross was on the main coaching road between Perth and Edinburgh and retains reminders of those days with the Muirs Inn and the Green Hotel, both well known coaching hostelries. Opposite the Green Hotel is the Market Park.

Kinross House, another interesting building with a history, was built in 1585-90 by Sir William Bruce. The house is inhabited by the Montgomery family and not open to the public. The magnificent gardens, however, are open during the summer months and are well worth visiting. Rachel House, the first Childrens Hospice to be built in Scotland, is situated in the old walled garden of Kinross House.

Due to a visit from a famous German writer and poet, Kinross and Loch Leven are well known in Germany. In 1858, Theodor Fontane spent a day here and found in the area the inspiration for his book "Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg".

Kinross Community Council information and Minutes of meetings can be found at:

Balado -- Carnbo -- Crook of Devon -- Kinnesswood -- Kinross -- Loch Leven -- Milnathort -- Rumbling Bridge -- Scotlandwell