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Ardvreck Castle

A Scheduled Monument in North, West and Central Sutherland, Highland

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Latitude: 58.1664 / 58°9'58"N

Longitude: -4.9947 / 4°59'40"W

OS Eastings: 223937

OS Northings: 923632

OS Grid: NC239236

Mapcode National: GBR G714.GX4

Mapcode Global: WH28C.7ZTZ

Entry Name: Ardvreck Castle

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1936

Last Amended: 24 October 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1895

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: castle

Location: Assynt

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument consists of Ardvreck Castle, now in a ruinous state, and associated structures situated on a rocky peninsula in Loch Assynt. The castle remains are already scheduled, but not the surrounding structures. This proposal extends protection to the whole of the peninsula.

The castle was formerly the residence of the MacLeods of Assynt and is customarily dated to the end of the 16th century. The standing remains represent an oblong tower with a circular stairtower at its SE corner. The remains of a double vaulted basement are also visible. Earthworks on the S side of the standing remains may relate to the former layout and ground plan of the castle complex. The remains of a rampart and ditch can be traced running across the narrow neck of the peninsula on the W side of the stone field wall. To the SSW of the castle lie the remains of a rectangular building that contains a kiln at its southern end.

The area to be scheduled includes the whole of the peninsula, to include the structures described above and an area around them in which related remains are likely to survive. It has maximum dimensions of 220m NNW-SSE by 140m, as indicated in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

Ardveck is of national importance as an example of a late medieval clan castle. The peninsula on which it stands also contains evidence for at least one possible agricultural building related to the castle, and for associated field and defensive enclosures. The castle is a rare surviving example of this type of late medieval Highland castle.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NC 22 SW 2.

Gifford, J. The Buildings of Scotland: The Highlands, 556. Proc. Soc. Antiq. Scot. 23266/1A

MacGibbon, D. and Ross, T., 1887-92, The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland, vol. III, 631.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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