NH 486-593 Ross and Cromarty Scotland
Castle Leod was originally a Pictish fort and in the 12th century the Norse Earls possibly founded a stone keep on the site. In the early 17th century Sir Roderick Mackenzie absorbed the keep, in the construction of a L-plan tower house. Of five storeys, with a later block added in the re-entrant angle to the accommodate a larger staircase and extra bedrooms. In the 19th century, east and north wings were added and the castle is still the seat of the Mackenzie earls of Cromartie. 9 miles north-east is Foulis Castle and 14 miles south at Kiltarlity is Beaufort Castle.
Castle Leod is located south-west of Achterneed, off the A834. 19 miles north-west of Inverness, on the A9-A835.
The site is owned by the Earl and Countess of Cromartie and is open set days, May to September 2:00 to 5:30pm. Open days must be booked in advance, with private tours being offered at other times by special arrangement, check website for details.
There is a car park.