Ardvreck Castle
Ardvreck Castle
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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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@cases.packed.lets.go
Aberdeen, UK146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We stopped here on our journey from Durness to a Lochinver and enjoyed exploring these beautiful 16th century ruins. The views are incredible too. Bring good walking shoes as it can be boggy in places getting to it. There’s a beautiful waterfall across the road too
Written August 2, 2020
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mchl88
Eatontown, NJ37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This is literally right off the road so how can you not pull in? It’s a short walk from the closest parking and the views of the castle and surrounding area are amazing. Plus there’s a small beach where we had a picnic lunch (we had great weather!).
Written May 31, 2023
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UrbanPixel
Horton-in-Ribblesdale, UK70 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Way off any other attractions, come here to admire this castle only if you really want to or have to.
Written September 28, 2020
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Ron Lunch
London, UK24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Greetings to all they and castle lovers. Today I finally went to my castle of Ardvreck in the northern westerly area of the Scottish/UK mainland country. When I was arrived - the problem is that the castle was not fully formed - there were bits and bobs scattered about the surrounding land resulting in a rather peculiar looking structure building premise. It made me wontder why the Vikings didn’t build it well and for a good wear and tear category.

Anyway, I wanted to take a few of picture of the castle and the surrounding scenage of Scotland but the amount of person surrounding said building was just too many of them resulting in bad picture to my brain and taste.
There was also a man which who flew a ‘drone’ which is a modern technology unit of plastic/metal with propellers therefore he flew it over my head and many others heads. This was noise to say the least, it sounded like the red arrow fighter jets had diverted their flight path over my ancestral home.
On the subject of my ancestors - they would be travelelling to the castle ardvreck by a boat or a battleship: I thought I’d be doing the same. There wasn’t a moat which meant that I could access the castle ardverck by a foot - I would rather that visit Scotland continued with the moat build so I could access the vessel on my enigma nimrod 15 (sporting canoe). This would’ve enhanced my authenticity experience severely as I could’ve as if acted as though my fellow McLeod’s (NOT MACLEOD!!!) would’ve transportment. Also what I was expecting is man with kilt and bows and arrows and travelling me to castle Ardvreck like old good times !

Finallment- the last point I think I need is include which is that the notice information board plank was indeed in the English language. This is not my native language (Gàidhlig) which I was deeply saddened by.

So to summary my experience - the day weather was nice and sun, the rustic nature of the castle enhanced its authenticity. Castle was complete built by the olden people.

I couldnt have even found a better one myself honest to bonest.
Written August 19, 2020
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Sabrinaschmid
Brisbane, Australia345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Ardvreck Castle is a beautiful ruin to visit. There are also deer on the field behind if you are lucky
Written June 23, 2020
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Marcin Walczak
Edinburgh, UK391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
One of the popular tourist spots, which is impossible to miss when driving from/to the West Coast or while doing the NC500 route. It's a very picturesque castle regardless weather conditions and could be a great reason to take a break for a picnic while driving this part of Scotland.

These castle ruins are unattended and free to access. There is also plenty of a free parking space next to the main road. It could be accessible for anybody, though buggies and wheelchairs would not get up there. Great spot for a picnic.
Written September 7, 2019
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Rob B
Edinburgh, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
In all honesty it’s let itself go a bit. The rooms are all open air and in need of decor, furniture and roofs.
There’s weren’t any staff on the day we visited, and there didn’t seem to be a reception either.
If you like open air castles without any decor, furniture and staff this is the one for you.
Nice view though but a bit touristy.
Written August 30, 2019
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Jayne S
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
A stop on our NC500 trip, this castle is exactly what a castle ruin should be, set beside a loch with fairly easy access to walk all around the castle and get the best views.
Written May 27, 2019
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DSC-NOVA
Fairfax, VA2,747 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
The true glory of this ruined castle is its locale: set just off shore and easily accessible from A837, the remnants of Ardvreck Castle stand proudly in Loch Assynt, surrounded by water and embraced by mountains. If you are blessed with a sunny day (we were not) and low water, then all the elements come together for a wonderful visit.

Little is left of Ardvreck Castle except a tower and part of a defensive wall. Located on a peninsula, it can usually be reached by the land bridge; we were unlucky enough to visit during a rainy period so there was a water break that we elected not to wade through. Built in the late 1500s, the castle was struck by lightning in 1795 and much of it destroyed. The family second, larger home, the Calda House, was built just a short distance away in 1725 but clan warfare led to the destruction of that house about ten years later. From the parking lot, look in the opposite direction from the castle to see the remnants of the House.

If you are into paranormal activity, it is said that Ardvreck Castle is haunted by two spirits, an adult male and a young girl. The story of the girl is the more interesting: while details differ, it appears the child was betrothed to the Devil in a bargain to save the castle but she thwarted the plan by throwing herself from a tower and drowning. Not only does she haunt the remnants but her cries can still be heard at night. The nearby Calda House also has a ghost, though there are fewer details.

The bottom line is that the castle itself is not all that interesting or compelling, but when the water and the mountains and the stories are combined, it makes for an intriguing stop. It’s great for a photographer (early morning or late afternoon is best, of course), especially if you can get across the land bridge and circle Ardvreck for the perfect views. For the possibilities and the setting rather than the actual castle itself we rated the experience as a 4; that said, unless you are doing the NC500 or have some other reason to be in the area, this somewhat out of the way historical site is not a must see.
Written February 8, 2019
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Peter G
New York City, NY264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
Ardvreck Castle is an isolated ruin on a major West Coast rout in Scotland and is well worth a visit. The castle itself is more of a ruin then a full castle, however the area itself is quite beautiful. There is free parking, the walk to the castle is short and there are clear paths.

Overall the castle is worth the visit, especially if you are traveling north on the west coast of Scotland.
Written January 28, 2018
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