Castle Leod, Strathpeffer

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Castle Leod is the seat of the Clan Mackenzie. It is a category A listed building, and the grounds are listed in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes of Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens. It is located near Strathpeffer in the east of Ross-shire in the Scottish Highlands.HistoryBackgroundIn the early seventeenth century the main chieftainship line of the Clan MacLeod of Lewis became extinct, and the chieftainship passed to the MacLeods of Raasay. Later the Lewis MacLeod clansmen were forced to accept the ascendancy of their cousins at Dunvegan and the two MacLeod clans became one. As a result the Barony of Lewis fell into the hands of the chief of the Clan MacKenzie. The last chief of the MacLeods of Lewis had married a daughter of the MacKenzie chief. The MacKenzie chief thereby claimed the barony of Lewis as his own. However, the MacLeod clansmen prospered under the chieftainship of the Clan MacLeod of Skye.The castle was granted to John of Killin, 10th Chief of Clan MacKenzie (1485-1561) after he fought at the Battle of Flodden. The castle was passed to his great-grandson Kenneth Mackenzie, 1st Lord Mackenzie of Kintail, who granted it in 1608 to his brother Sir Roderick "Rorie" Mackenzie. In 1605 Sir Roderick married Margaret MacLeod, heiress of Torquil MacLeod of Lewis, bringing her immense wealth into the family and also settling the feud between the MacLeods and the Mackenzies over the Barony of Coigach, which thus passed into the Mackenzie family.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Open 25 days the year. Ask for guides made by the Clan Chief himself. Very interesting tour through the castle. Outlander stories are told here!!!!  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    We researched Castle Leod back home in Australia and found we would be in Scotland at the time of one of the open days, jackpot we planned our time in Scotland about this visit. We were not disappoint...  more »
  • July 4, 2017
    We really enjoyed our spontaneous visit with the Earl welcoming us at the front door. Not very touristy and thus authentic. Well written humourous notes for each room.  more »
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  • Well preserved early tower house, friendly, informative hosts and some impressive trees - 450 year old Spanish Chestnut and a record beating Redwood.
  • Truly a national treasure. The Castle itself existed from the 14th century as a Clan Mackenzie castle and the Clan Mckenzie still lives in the newer modern section of the Castle with the ancient Castle open to visitors on select Open Days.
  • Beautifully situated Castle. The ride there from Inverness is all worth it. Please be advised that the Castle but limited access to the public. You may always add up the driveway and look at the Castle from a good hundred metres.
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