Ardvreck Castle

Ardvreck Castle

Captured on the last day of a 3 Day solo trip in the North West Coast of Scotland and located about 40 minutes north of Ullapool.


I had woken up at the Ardmair Point Campsite, after spending an unbelievable evening sitting on the pebble beach and reading for hours. It was the outcome of being by myself for a few days, I had the peace of mind for the first time in a long time to just sit and read a book. I then watched the sun go down over Ardmair bay, a sight I would highly recommend.


I woke up the next day and my original plan was to have a slow morning and drive back down to Edinburgh, but I had been toying with the idea of continuing North to go see the Ardvreck ruins. In the end what swayed me was that I was just having too good a time myself and was not ready to go back to normality, I had to extend my adventure. So I packed the tent up and started driving the 40 minutes to Ardvreck Castle. It was an incredible decision.

I remember turning a corner and Loch Assynt just opening up before me. It was a beautiful day with barely a cloud in the sky and no wind, meaning the loch was like a mirror. Driving along the shores I spotted the ruins sitting on a small outcrop into the loch & parked at the small car park. From doing some research its never overly full so you will most likely get a space.

From the car park it's only a few minute walk to the Castle, ideal for those with low mobility. I wandered up to the Castle just in awe of the setting, it must have been an incredible place to live. Although the tower is small you can safely climb inside the ruins and it was a great view back over the loch.

I spent another hour just walking around the ruins to small hill next to the Castle and then down to the beach next to loch. Its a beautiful place and probably underrated attraction. If you are anywhere near Ullapool I think its an absolute must see, one of my favourite hidden gems.

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