Castle Leod

Castle Leod, Strathpeffer: Address, Castle Leod Reviews: 4.5/5

Castle Leod
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Castle Leod is the seat of the Clan Mackenzie which has been lived in by the same family for over 500 years. The grounds are listed in the 'Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes of Scotland', the national listing of significant gardens. A warm welcome awaits all who visit!
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Albia-Newton
Weston super Mare, UK3,816 contributions
Couples
This ancient castle is only open on a limited number of days a year. Yours are given by volunteers and by the Clan Chief himself.
Lots of interesting period artefacts and artwork.
The walk through the historic arboretum is interestingly well
Written September 4, 2021
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QueenSassyPants
Phoenix, AZ9 contributions
Grab a visit to this private seat of Clan McKenzie from that Laird and Lady themselves. Limited tours offered but that just makes the tour more special. The tour is full of intricate details and history of the castle and it's inhabitants. Fascinating and excellent hosts make you feel welcome in their home.
Written June 6, 2018
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tom646
Belmont, NH374 contributions
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Hired a car and driver to take us from Edinburgh to the seat of the Mackenzie clan since my wife has MacKenzie heritage. Met the 5th Earl and had her photo taken with him. He was most gracious and welcoming. He autographed 2 pen and ink drawings of Castle Leod that he had done himself. The views from the castle were spectacular and there were lots of trees with character, including the sequoias in the back of the castle. It was worth adding a couple of extra days to our C.I.E. Clans and Castles tour. They are only open 25 days a year so you need to carefully plan your schedule.
Written July 17, 2019
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lifeisustawalk
patras,greece38 contributions
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Only a few minutes walking distance from the centre of Strathpeffer, during a raining day last week we had the opportunity to admire the exterior of this fascinating building and to meet with the feeling along its surrounding area. Although there were signs informing us that it was not opened to visitors we decided to walk until where possible. The passage from the main road is wide but ..our path to medieval era was narrow because this Castle has very limited days and hours to accept tourists in its interior. Nevertheless, we did not felt like being not welcome by the inhabitans(?) of the Castle Leod, which is something we feel thankful for.We also had admired the tallest Segovia! Maybe next time in Highlands we are more lucky and may we shall be the ones of the visitors who can take pictures not only from the surroundings of this wonderful historic Castle ...
Written August 21, 2018
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Jenny F
Norwich, UK3 contributions
Friends
Less than a mile walk from the village square, this enchanting castle resides among beautiful trees and fields. The inside is attractively decorated and boasts an impressive fireplace. Well worth a visit whether or not you're into history. Unquestionably the highlight of my stay in Strathpeffer.
Written July 25, 2015
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David S
Ashtead, UK202 contributions
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We visited the castle over the week-end - were greeted at the entrance by the 5th Earl, a charming person - it is only open for one long week-end a month. Definitely worth a visit as it has some amazing history and the Earl is trying to restore some of the areas that need to renovation. The sitting room has a great fireplace and paintings of the previous owners. We loved the billiards room, the dining room and the kitchen and dungeon. The grounds have some interesting very old trees. Great fun!
Written May 26, 2019
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one9eighty
Tunstall, UK304 contributions
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After a long drive out following our satnav to the postcode on the website we ended up at a sawmill, not a castle. I'm sure the castle would be nice based on the pictures but we couldn't find it. When we asked one of the workers at the sawmill he advised that it wasn't nearby, but not too bother as it's closed to the public anyway. Pity. I'd advise contacting somebody in advance to get directions and to see if it's open first. Obviously it's not the fault of the castle of staff so I'm still giving this 3 out of 5.
Written February 24, 2017
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imouse1
Las Cruces, NM499 contributions
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I originally went to Castle Leod in 2014 during the "Scottish Homecoming" and were met by the Clan Chief and his Lady (and their wonderful pup) even though we had missed our changed tour time. They were wonderful people then and still were when I went back in 2015 for the Gathering. The home, though perhaps a bit beaten up, has a wonderful beauty to it and is very happily situated on the land. It is quiet, serene, and beautiful. A wonderful place to visit if you have the chance. The Clan Chief also does some amazing art!
Written May 22, 2016
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MacPropCon
Edinburgh, UK113 contributions
Nestled back from the main road into Strathpeffer, the castle exudes mystery and charm, providing a real sense of history. There is a conveniently located car park just off the entrance to the castle but is only a 10 minute walk from the centre of Strathpeffer. Castle Leod is still the family home of the current chief of the clan MacKenzie - the Cabefeidh - and there are records and remnants of the many colourful inhabitants from the past. A must see of any travellers highland itinerary.
Written August 12, 2015
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Venus768
Montagu, South Africa96 contributions
Family
Though it was the wrong time of year, the family kindly let us walk around the meadows and take pictures of the blue bells and the stunning flowing hills and green magic that is Scotland. We did not bother the family , just phoned and asked to be able to walk around the farm. It was lovely. I shall be back to see the castle one day, and appreciate the kindness of the family.
Written July 9, 2015
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