Castle Varrich’s (Caisteal Bharraich) precise origin and date are unknown. The ruins are located in the far north of the Scottish highlands near the village of Tongue on a local high point of rock overlooking both the Kyle of Tongue and the village of Tongue. Varrich Castle has spectacular views of mountains Ben Loyal and Ben Hope.
The castle was the ancient seat of the Clan Mackay and it is possible that they built the castle over the site of an old Norse fort sometime in the 14th century or later. Little is known about its history.
A misty dawn at Ruthven Barracks, by Ian Cowe Via Flickr: Ruthven Barracks were built by the British Government after the 1715 Jacobite Uprising.
They were set on fire by the retreating Jacobite Army after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 leaving the ruin you see today.
Bucholie Castle (formerly Lambaborg, home of the Viking pirate Sweyn Asleifsson), Freswick Bay, Caithness, Scotland
Around 1140, a fortress called Lambaborg was first built on this site by Sweyn Asleifsson the notorious Viking pirate and robber. During his career he menaced the whole Western coast of Scotland, the Isle of Mann and Ireland until finally ambushed and killed while leading a raid on Dublin.
Early in the 14th century, Robert the Bruce granted Lambaborg and the lands of Freswick to the Mowat family. They remodeled the Viking stronghold into a castle and named it Bucholie after their estate in Aberdeen. Bucholie Castle remained in the Mowat family until 1661 after which it fell into disrepair.