Castle Leod

Castle Leod at Strathpeffer in the Scottish Highlands, north of Inverness.

Castle Leod (pron. loud) is the seat of the Clan Mackenzie and the Earls of Cromartie.

Said to be built on the site of a 12th century Pictish fort the castle featured was built in the 17th century on orders of Sir Roderick Mackenzie.

In the middle 18th century the Leod estate was taken over by the crown following the 3rd Earl of Cromartie’s support for the Jacobite Uprising of 1745.

Total renovation of the castle were undertaken in the 19th century.

This small castle or tower house was originally built to the L-plan design. The stone is the old red sandstone of the area. 

The castle grounds are its most distinctive feature with many ancient and impressive trees, including two Spanish chestnuts said to have been planted in 1556.

 

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