Ardvreck Castle

[Ardvreck Castle]

Ardvreck Castle guards the east end of Loch Assynt, perfectly complementing a beautiful but bleak landscape of lochs, bogs and bare mountains. This 15th (or 16th) century ruin is a fragment of its original self, but its highly visible location makes it a popular photo stop for passing tourists, particularly as it lies on the North Coast 500 driving route. Heading along the short access path reveals that the castle is nearly cut off from the mainland by two advancing claws of the loch, on a promontory only connected by a thin strip of sand. The surviving part of the building is more substantial than appears from the roadside; with care, you can hop inside the shell of the south-east tower, peer into the basement vaults, and look out of the first floor windows - probably getting in the way of everyone else's photos at the same time. Ardvreck Castle was abandoned in the 1700's in favour of nearby Calda House, also now a ruin and within easy walking distance to the south east. And to the north, the waterfall on the other side of the road is worth a quick detour after rainfall.

[View across Loch Assynt to the castle]

Name: Ardvreck Castle ★★☆☆☆
Location: By Loch Assynt, A837 a mile north of Inchnadamph, G.R.: NC 240236 ///alternate.move.palace
Open: Always
Cost: Free
Anything else? Several places to park, but the official one (a proper car park, not a layby) is midway between Ardvreck Castle and Calda House, with a short, decent path to the castle from here.

[Ardvreck Castle]

[Ardvreck Castle]

[Inside one of the towers]

[The castle sits on a headland almost cut off from the mainland by the loch]

[Calda House]

[Calda House]

[Waterfall near the castle]

[Discarded mill stone on the way to the waterfall]

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