Situated near to the delightful Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer in Easter Ross, Scotland, Castle Leod is surely one of the most beautiful, romantic and unspoilt castles in the Highlands.
The castle has been lived in by the same family for well over 500 years and is the Seat of Clan Mackenzie, their Chief (Cabarfeidh), Earl of Cromartie, and his family.
The castle and family have been at the epicentre of Highland and Scottish politics, heavily involved in the Jacobite Rising of 1745 as well as other adventures that have resulted in scenarios ranging from sentences of death for High Treason, to awarding of an Earldom, from clan battles to confidante of Royalty, from near poverty to the heights of power. Nowadays the claymores are sheathed and the guns are silent.
A long tree-lined avenue leads you to the castle, which is framed between the trees and a short walk from the parking area leads you directly into the old keep itself.
At the heart of Castle Leod is a family home that lives and breathes history, with a very tangible connection to the historical family through their portraits which hang on the walls. Every picture, every character, has their own story. We hope everyone who visits this gracious old Castle will be inspired by its special charm.
May to August. See their website for exact dates.
£7 adult, £6 concession, £4 child
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