Ardvreck Castle, Assynt

#5 of 10 in Historic Sites in Caithness and Sutherland
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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  • August 17, 2017
    The Highland hiding this beautiful and fascinating Castle. The place is right on the road with free access and free parking in the immediate vicinity there is also an old 18th century farmhouse which is also free. Very little remains of the castle itself and you can even climb up to the first floor (do not cause damage to you and to the structure as it is left completely free), but the history surrounding the fame of this castle is really creepy! To see!
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  • August 9, 2017
    Take the time to stop. It was a nice walk up to the ruined castle (1490) and the views around it were stunning. I took the time to also walk over to the nearby Calda House but I was the only one who d...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    Are mirant under the Sun or the rain, these ruins are well visible from the road. There's not much thing of this castle of the 16th but the site that surrounds it is superb.
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  • We came here to sketch as the remains of the castle are interesting and in a beautiful setting with lovely colours. If recommend a stroll around to get photos of the castle beside the small pink beach with loch and beautifully shaped mountains behind. There are information boards at the roadside carpark
  • It's a beautiful, eerie ruined castle by the side of the road overlooking a loch. It has a great back story - look it up. You'll need good footing or boots for decent access though.
  • Small but interesting ruins. A real sense of history. Free to visit and walk around after a short walk down from the road.
  • Amazing what's left, fun to climb and think what it looked like.
  • These are some picturesque ruins in a stunning setting. I strongly recommend a stop!

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