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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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  • An impressive site and just off the main road so there is no excuse to pull in and take a look. The interpretation is a little poor but google has a lot to say. Ardvreck is a bit creepy at dusk, it ha...  more »
  • The setting on Loch Assynt is breathtaking. The castle has ties to the Jacobite uprising and other interesting parts of Scottish history. You can get great pictures from the pull offs on the road, but...  more »
  • The castle has a dominant and dramatic position on a promontory on the loch. It is easily accessible from the road and rewards a visit with both great views and atmosphere. It is easy to appreciate th...  more »
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  • Interesting ruin, great place for a wild camp!
  • A interesting ruin, in a beautiful setting.
  • Small ruined castle on a small isthmus on a lake surrounded by beautiful and classic highland scenery.
  • Ruined castle in a dramatic setting - a nice place to stop
  • 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.