Ullapool, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Meals not included
Castle Leod is the home of the Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, the Earl of Cromarty, whose family have lived there for 500 years. It is one of the few castles in Scotland still to be occupied by the original family and remains a family home very much today.
Occupying a magnificent setting below Ben Wyvis and just outside the Victorian spa town of Strathpeffer, Castle Leod's parkland boasts some of the finest trees in Scotland, the star attractions being the largest tree in the UK, a Wellingtonia, and a Spanish chestnut which was planted for a visit by Mary of Guise in 1550, the earliest known planting date of any tree in Britain.
Enjoy the lived-in atmosphere and the fascinating history of the castle as well as the collection of fine portraits, maps and furniture and the Mackenzie Room situated in the old kitchen.
The principal part of Castle Leod, the 17th century castle itself, retains the distinct, homely charm and historical ambience that one would expect of the seat of such an important Scottish clan. The rooms, some wood-paneled, boast many Mackenzie portraits from past centuries as well as antique furnishings and some fascinating, large-scale antique maps; other antique artifacts and many original fittings are to be found around the castle.
Explore the castle on privately conducted tour and enjoy a dram of fine malt whiskey or a soft drink if you prefer.
A dram of fine malt or soft drink are included in this tour. Dress in layers, wear flat soled shoes.