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Ardvreck Castle, Assynt

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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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  • This old pile of stones is an iconic look into the history of this remote part of the Highlands. It's worth a short stroll and a few photo ops. It was the original seat of the MacLeods around the 13th...  more »
  • Not much here, but did offer some nice scenery and a chance to strech our legs during this section of the North Coast 500. Easy access with limited parking, we did get a very nice pics.  more »
  • It is the Surroundings that Matter, if you can imagine this ruined castle that once was a home for families, today is surrounded by charm.  more »
  • 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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