Grand Tour of Scotland: Scrabster to Ullapool #307

Day 8: 18 August 2019 ~ Ardvrek Castle

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.

The castle was built in about 1590, by the MacLeods of Assynt. It replaced Assynt Castle which was four miles north-west of Inchnadamph.

Ardvreck is famous as the place where the royalist James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose was handed over in 1650 to the Covenanter forces by MacLeod, Laird of Assynt after the Battle of Carbisdale. The true history of this event is unclear. One account is that MacLeod, loyal to the Covenanters, arrested the weary, fleeing, Montrose and held him. Another is that he provided comfortable shelter, but betrayed Montrose for a £25,000 reward.

The castle was a simple rectangular keep with a round staircase tower at the south-east angle. It was corbelled out on the upper floors to form square rooms. The small stair turret to these upper rooms being carried on corbelling. There were three compartments on the ground floor which were all vaulted. There appears to have been four floors and the first of these is also vaulted with the other floors being simply joisted. The castle also had several gunports.

Ardvrek Castle, Highlands of Scotland, Scotland
  • Location: Ardvrek Castle, Highlands of Scotland, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Date Taken: 2019-08-18
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-200 mm F/3-5.6 IS
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • Image Quality: JPEG
  • F-Stop: f/6.3
  • Exposure Time: 1/160 sec
  • ISO Speed: ISO-400
  • Focal Length: 18 mm
  • Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
  • Handheld

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