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Ardvreck Castle, Assynt

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
Ardvreck Castle is a ruined castle dating from the 16th century which stands on a rocky promontory jutting out into Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Scotland. One can reach the ruins by driving along the A837 which follows the north shore of Loch Assynt from the village of Inchnadamph. Visitors should take care when walking around the site as falling masonry is a possible danger.History of ArdvreckThe castle is thought to have been constructed around 1590 by the Clan MacLeod family who owned Assynt and the surrounding area from the 13th century onwards. Indeed Sutherland, the area in which Ardvreck is situated, has long been a stronghold of the Clan MacLeod. The most well known historical tale concerning the castle is that on 30 April 1650 James, Marquis of Montrose was captured by the Laird of Assynt and held at the castle before being transported to Edinburgh for trial and execution. Montrose was a Royalist, fighting on the side of King Charles against the Covenanters. Montrose was executed on 21 May 1650, by hanging, drawing and quartering. Archibald, Marquis of Argyll, a covenanter and Montrose's rival, was himself executed in 1661 after the restoration of the monarchy.
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  • Unlike the overrated castle Urquhart, this is a free attraction. There’s fewer bricks in this castle than at Urquhart, but it’s positioned in nicer scenery and, at least in our opinion, was much more ...  read more »
  • A good car park, information boards and footpath to the ruined castle. A perfect place for photographs with the lake and mountains overlooking the loch. But its also a favourite place for midges, so h...  read more »
  • The ruin of the castle and nearby Calda House tell some of the story of the past and the Jacobite Rebellion that scarred our country over 300 years ago. It is a romantic and interesting place. Also ve...  read more »
  • Awesome little ruined castle on an island in a lake. Usually you can walk out to the castle, except when it's been torrentially raining non stop for a week, as when we visited.
  • Beautiful area, historic ruined castle, photo opportunities all around.
  • Nice small ruined castle surrounded by nice scenery.
  • Quite and very peaceful
  • Dramatic scenery mountains all around
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