Windfall for Castle Leod, model for Outlander fort

THE real-life inspiration for Outlander’s Castle Leoch could be in line for a visitor boost thanks to a heritage grant aimed at increasing access for the public.

In Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novels, Castle Leoch is the seat of the Clan Mackenzie, with filming for the TV adaptation carried out at Doune Castle.

However, the writer is thought to have taken inspiration for her fictional site from Castle Leod, held by the Clan Mackenzie Charitable Trust.

Now the historic building, in Strathpeffer, Easter Ross, is one of seven projects to share a £586,500 grant from Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

The A-listed building will benefit from £13,680 as part of the third phase of works to open up the 16th century structure to the public.

 

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