Ardvreck Castle, Loch Assynt, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Ardvreck Castle, a romantic ruin on Loch Assynt between Lochinver and Ledmore in Sutherland, N.W. Scotland. Access is via the A837.

The name Ardvreck translates as ‘speckled point’.

The original castle was far more substantial than implied by the extant ruins. This is because the original structure was abandoned in 1726 when the occupants moved to a new property, Calda House, nearby which it is believed was built using stonework taken from Ardvreck. Calda House is also a ruin.

The castle dates from around 1490 when the MacLeods of Assynt built a three storey Tower House. This is where a defeated Marquis of Montrose, a  supporter of the Royalist cause,  sought sanctuary in 1650 but was betrayed and taken to Edinburgh where he was executed about 1 month later.

Later, in 1672, the castle was captured by the rival Mackenzie clan but, as reported above, their occupation only lasted until 1726. The Mackenzies lost their lands for supporting the Jacobite cause in 1746.

A visit to Ardvreck Castle can be incorporated in a tour of Coigach region as reported in this blog post.

Ardvreck Castle, Loch Assynt, Scotland

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