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Last month we visited Castle Leod, the real Castle Leoch, Seat of the Clan MacKenzie, the home of... read more

Reviewed October 4, 2018
Orlando, Florida
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Everything you could want in a castle. Stunning and beautiful. Tremendous for background... read more

Reviewed September 8, 2018
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Last month we visited Castle Leod, the real Castle Leoch, Seat of the Clan MacKenzie, the home of the Earl of Cromartie, Chief of the Clan MacKenzie, which is still lived in by the family today. It was so beautiful. We went as part of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Tonyacturrell
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

Everything you could want in a castle. Stunning and beautiful. Tremendous for background photos. Also they do weddings!!

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank raymondm331
Reviewed August 21, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank lifeisustawalk
Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

4 of us went to look round and after we reached the 1st floor we were given a lot of information from the 2 guides who were very informative about the castle. The MacKenzies certainly had a colourful past! One of the guides was extremely...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank VPaterson355
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Had a long walk up the drive to photograph the outside as this is the original “castle Leoch” of Diana Gabaldon’s outlander series I was there the day before one of the few open days, but had to travel home on that day If this...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Arramattic
Reviewed July 23, 2018

even though on the website it said open when i got there it was closed looked around the outside and was nice I have since been told it only opens a few days each month so double double check

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank JoAnNealfie
Reviewed July 2, 2018

We were disappointed that the Castle was closed on the day we visited......it is only open on certain dates of the month.......check the internet. We did however access the drive & got as close to the Castle as we could ......stopping when the Private signs...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Kathleen M
Reviewed June 25, 2018

The castle was closed the day we stopped by, so all we got was some photographs. Since we were on an Outlander Tour, this was good enough for this trip. Visually, it is nice-looking. I really liked the dead tree in front. It would be...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank pitufo00
Reviewed June 20, 2018

We visited here as part of our Outlander tour. We were shown around the castle by the Earl of Cromartie, a very friendly person who prefers to be called John. He provided a lot of insight into the history of the clan and the castle....More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank kolohe280
Reviewed June 6, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: May 2018
4  Thank QueenSassyPants
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Martina P
Bratislava, Slovakia
north-west highlands itinerary for 11 days – beg. July 2017 (12 Replies)
hey there, finally the time has come and we (my husband, me and our 9- and 11-year old girls) are planning our second trip to Scotland, hooray!  I have been trying to soak up as much info as I could through last couple of weeks and happen to have a quite detailed itinerary so far. Though nothing booked yet, I have a fairly clear idea about when, where and for how long to go. Originally I wanted to do a whole North Coast 500, but I figured out it would have been too much for us, especially...More
November 23, 2016|
Response from3nations_family|
Holiday lettings are almost always from Friday or Saturday so this will limit your choices unless you are prepared to pay for the Saturday and not turn up until Sunday.
Wanda M
Portland, Oregon
Scotland Itinerary Advice (16 Replies)
I've just begun planning for about a 19 day late May or early June trip to Scotland. I've been scouring through past advice given on this forum as well as reading a few guide books. Here's what I've come up with. I'd appreciate any advice on whether I'm missing something key to the "Scottish Experience". We like to watch wildlife and hike. My husband is a birder and I'm interested in the historical sites. 1. Given the time constraints, I've had to choose between the following. Does this...More
December 18, 2010|
Response fromAbs140|
Hi. Your plan looks pretty good. There is one section that seems inefficient though; why go from the Cairngorms all the way to Edinburgh, to then drive back to the west to visit the Islands? You won't need a car once you are back in Edinburgh (parking is expensive and complicated and Edinburgh is a small city with a great bus network). So why not stay in the Cairngorm area at point "d" on your itinerary and rent a car from Fort William - see the islands, then return your car and make your way...More
Self-drive day trip from Inverness (8 Replies)
Four of us are visiting Inverness for 2 nights in August and I was wondering if it would be worth it to take a day trip up north of Inverness in our hired car. The trip would include a short stop at Castle Leod, a visit to Glenmorangie Distllery and then ultimately end up at Dunrobin Castle. We would leave just a short visit to Urquhart castle/Loch Ness on the previous or next day. Alternatively, we could take a day trip around Loch Ness, including Urquhart Castle, driving until Fort...More
January 28, 2018|
Response fromgoanjock|
Personally I would not suggest doing a day trip of Aberdeenshire from Inverness. Both your options are excellent but I would go for the round trip of Loch Ness which will tick all your boxes. I am happy to help out with a rough itinerary for the day.