The A837 skirting Loch Assynt is a varied road ranging from narrow single-track to a wide, flowing single carriageway near Lochinver. Sights to see along the 50 mile stretch are Suilven and Canisp, later on you have Calda House and of course Ardvreck Castle. This is one the finest stretches of roads in Scotland, up and down with fast corners and great views. To do this in a road trip I would probably base myself at Inverness, Its about a two hour journey up to the north east of Scotland. Once you’ve had your stop offs for pics and to take in the sights I would suggest you carry on to Durness, there are campsites and a couple of hostels but you would have to book early if staying overnight, alternatively stay the night in Ullapool which has many more places to stay.
If you like haunted historic places & things then this is for you! It’s a list of links to most of the haunted history posts I’ve made over the past few years. Also, from now until Halloween, I’ll be posting at least one new haunted historic places or thing per day. I hope you enjoy & let me know if you have any haunted history requests? Thanks for following & Happy Early Halloween!
The MacKenzies constructed Calda House in 1726 as a more modern residence to replace the castle. However, building the house and their extravagent lifestyle plunged the family into debt and they were forced to sell to the Earl of Sutherland. The house burned down in 1737 because retainers of the MacKenzies preferred to see it destroyed rather than family of the Earl of Sutherland move in. Ardverk Castle once a stronghold of The MacLoeds is seen in the background with Loch Assynt around it. Whispered amongst the locals of Inchnadamph, the area surrounding the castle, legend tells of MacLeod’s lost daughter, Eimhir, and her continued presence at Loch Assynt. Instead of jumping to her death, they believe Eimhir plunged into the caverns of the Loch and, hiding from the devil to whom she was promised, made a new home beneath the water’s surface, becoming the elusive ‘mermaid of Assynt’.