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. Take a look at our Strathpeffer travel route planner to schedule your visit to Castle Leod and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I would love to have visited Castle Leod, but alas its opening times even at the peak of the season make this challenging.  more »
  • Our guide stopped at this wooded lane and said we should take a walk. It was a beautiful lane with old trees and provided the view of an old spectacle Castle. The walk really makes you appreciate the....  more »
  • Fairytale castle ... wonderful to see. Unfortunately it is only open to public a few weeks in a year, because the family Mackenzie still lives there. Last days for 2019: September-5,6,7,8,
  • This Castle is a lovely and historic place to visit, the Family who own it were really down to earth and helpful, they made us very welcome.
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