GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Loch Assynt and Ardvreck Castle

1 miles (1 km)

This walk visits ruins of Ardvreck Castle on the shores of Loch Assynt near Lochinver, Sutherland.
There is some roadside parking next to A837 on the eastern side of the loch. From here you can follow a footpath a short distance to the photogenic castle ruins. The castle dates back to the 15th century and sits in a striking location on a promontoryjutting out into the expansive loch. There's also some wonderful scenery to enjoy as you make your way along the loch.
You can extend your walking in the area by heading a few miles north east to visit Eas a' Chual Aluinn, the highest waterfall in the UK. The walk also visits Loch na Gainmhich, a popular starting point for the walk to the falls.

Loch Assynt OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Loch Assynt Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north west and you could visit the beautiful Clashnessie Bay and Clashnessie Falls. The 15m high falls are an impressive sight after rain.
The LochinverRiver Walk will take you along the River Inver which flows between Lochinver and Loch Assynt. You can also visit the peaceful Culag Woods and enjoy some interesting sculptures in Lochinver.

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Photos

Carpark for Ardvreck Castle - geograph.org.uk - 233919

Car park for Ardvreck Castle

Ardvreck Castle, Loch Assynt - geograph.org.uk - 2259740

Ardvreck Castle, Loch Assynt. The castle dates back to about 1490 when the lands were owned by the Macleods of Assynt

View of Ardvreck Castle - geograph.org.uk - 808214

View of loch beach and Ardvreck Castle. Dates back to about 1490. While the castle looks substantial from this angle there is very little remaining. The site is famous as the place where the royalistJames Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrosewas handed over in 1650 to theCovenanterforces by MacLeod, Laird of Assynt after theBattle of Carbisdale. The battle was part of theWars of the Three Kingdoms.Also known as the British Civil Wars they involved a series of conflicts in the Kingdoms ofEngland,ScotlandandIreland. The battles that took place between 1639 and 1653 and involved separate kingdomsunder King Charles I.

Walled Beach - geograph.org.uk - 2152135

Walled Beach

Loch Assynt Islands - geograph.org.uk - 823346

Loch Assynt Islands At this moment the level of the loch is so low that the islands are more or less peninsulas.

Loch Assynt and Suilven - geograph.org.uk - 2553798

Loch Assynt and Suilven

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