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Ardvreck Castle

A837 | 11 mi east of Lochniver, Assynt, Scotland
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Isolated ruin on the coast

Unless you are traveling the NC500, this wonderful ruin and Calda House are out of the way. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Grand Junction, Colorado
Lovely setting and free

Had always wanted to visit as associated with the betrayal of Montrose in 1650 that led to his... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alastair W
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Standing amongst some of the most dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands are the remains of a brooding castle, thought to have been built in 1590 by the Macleods who had owned Assynt since the 13th century.
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A837 | 11 mi east of Lochniver, Assynt, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unless you are traveling the NC500, this wonderful ruin and Calda House are out of the way. We were in Ullapool and planned to photograph the castle. It's a good 45-60 drive from Ullapool but well worth it. We arrived just before sunset and were...More

Thank sgphoto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had always wanted to visit as associated with the betrayal of Montrose in 1650 that led to his execution in Edinburgh. A shattered ruin now consolidated but would have been better excavated then consolidated as lots of fallen rubble round and in the ruins. The...More

Thank Alastair W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you like crumbling castles and the ghosts of times past then this castle and nearby old house is certainly a place to visit and photograph. It's only a short stroll along the loch side from the main road and you are free to explore...More

Thank NeilSK
Reviewed September 5, 2017

There is something so magical and romantic about a castle ruin and this one doesn't disappoint. Set in a breathtaking location, you can view from the road without getting out of your car or get up close and personal with a short (200m) walk across...More

Thank sdubs1
Reviewed September 4, 2017

You cant argue with a free castle which is located just off the roadside from the way you are travelling! Parking was free and very easy. Great place for photos. You can go into the castle ruins but i wonder for how long, as tourists...More

Thank alextan994
Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

If driving by, you met as well jump out and have a look. It's free and will only take you 10-20 minutes. 2 minute walk from where you park the car.

Thank jessparker7
Reviewed 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 did even...More

Thank Linda B
Reviewed July 22, 2017

I found this castle by chance on the road to Lochinver. It is set on a tiny peninsula on a lake in Assynt. There is good information about the castle and the surrounding area in the car park. The setting is stunning and you can...More

1  Thank Angela M
Reviewed July 15, 2017

This was an unexpected find while driving nc500 route and well worth a stop to walk over to the ruins. The story of the two resident ghosts made this a magical visit. The information panels were so helpful showing life as it would have been...More

Thank Catherine M
Reviewed July 9, 2017

We weren't expecting this castle as we drove the NC500 route, we just came around a corner (and over the brow of a hill) and there is was sitting like a historical jewel nestled on a little grassy almost island in a lovely loch. It...More

Thank Ed P
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