Ardvreck Castle, situated on the eastern shores of Loch Assynt in the Scottish Highlands, was initially built in the late 15th century, attributed to Angus Mor III or Neil MacLeod, and comprised a simple rectangle structure, standing three to four storeys high. It served as the stronghold of the MacLeods, traditional lairds of Assynt and Sutherland.
One of the most infamous moments in it's history occurred in 1650, during the turbulent period of the Civil Wars. James Graham, the Marquess of Montrose, sought refuge in the castle after suffering defeat at the Battle of Carbisdale against the Covenanters. The details of what transpired next are shrouded in mystery and legend. One version suggests that Neil MacLeod's wife, Christine, allowed Montrose to enter the castle but then trapped him in the dungeons, later handing him over to the Covenanters. Another account claims that Neil MacLeod betrayed Montrose for a substantial reward, leading to his capture and execution as a traitor.
Over time, Ardvreck Castle fell into the hands of the powerful MacKenzie clan, who engaged in a feud with the MacLeods over control of the region. In 1672, the MacKenzies laid siege to Ardvreck Castle, emerging victorious, which marked the decline of the MacLeods' rule over Assynt.
Amidst the castle's fascinating history, tales of ghosts have woven their way into local folklore. One well-known legend speaks of the "Green Lady," believed to be a daughter of the MacKenzie clan. Her tragic death remains cloaked in mystery; some say she fell from the castle's tower, while others claim she was pushed to her doom. Nonetheless, her spirit is said to linger within the castle grounds, adding to its enigmatic allure.
Another ghostly presence associated with Ardvreck Castle is that of a mysterious man in grey, whose origin and purpose remain unclear.
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