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Ardvreck Castle

A837 | 11 mi east of Lochniver, Assynt, Scotland
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Well worth the hike

The ruins are set in absolutely beautiful surroundings. It's a nice drive from Ullapool, on quiet... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jackson, Ohio
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Archetypal ruin.

We came across this whilst driving the NC 500, and what a hidden gem it is. The castle is a small... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Banbury, 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 4 days ago via mobile

The ruins are set in absolutely beautiful surroundings. It's a nice drive from Ullapool, on quiet back roads. Standing in the midst of the castle ruins, looking at the loch, has a magical feel. Unlike the restored castles with crowds of visitors, here, you can...More

Thank ctrailriders1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came across this whilst driving the NC 500, and what a hidden gem it is. The castle is a small ruin located on a tiny island connected to the shoreline by a sand spit, the castle sits on the loch with a small waterfall...More

Thank PaulUndie
Reviewed 14 October 2017

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 1 October 2017 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 16 September 2017

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 5 September 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 4 September 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 28 August 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 9 August 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 23 July 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
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