• Spidean Còinich (‘mossy peak’) 764m
  • Sàil Garbh (‘rough heel’) 808m
  • Cuinneag (Quinag)

Caisteal Àrd Bhric & Cuinneag, Sutherland. 23/01/10

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Ardvreck Castle and Quinag, Assynt, Sutherland.

Best viewed Large on Black.

Ardvreck Castle is the ancient seat of the Clan Macleod (Scots Gaelic:Clann Mhic Leòid) of Assynt. It was built in the latter half of the 15th century. Its capture following a 14-day siege by the Mackenzies of Wester Ross in 1672 marked the end of Macleod rule in this part of Scotland. In 1795 the building was struck by lightning and largely destroyed.

The castle also featured in the British Civil War of the 17th Century. The famous Royalist commander James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, was captured here on April 30th 1650, three days after his defeat at the Battle of Carbisdale. He was executed in Edinburgh the following month.
Graham is credited with the inspirational lines:

“He either fears his fate too much,
Or his deserts are small,
That puts it not unto the touch
To win or lose it all.”

You can read more about this truly remarkable man here.

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  1. David Dalziel [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

    Brilliant conditions. I think another overnighter beckons!

  2. Alfredo Barros G ♥  47 months ago | reply

    Magnífica fotografía

  3. G3orge Dalziel 46 months ago | reply

    Your work is amazing, I sat back with a bottle of beer, some background music and put your work up on slideshow, I really enjoyed my evening.
    I see you corrispond with my brother David, so i hope you dont mind my requesting an add.
    Again, great portfollio.........awesome.

  4. Steve Boote.. 46 months ago | reply

    a real beauty my friend.Im so in need a visit to this part of Scotland.Your stream is very inspirational mate.

  5. S i m o n . M a y s o n 45 months ago | reply

    Just magnificent - great light great location great shot

  6. Ian Lambert 45 months ago | reply

    A stuuning well composed scene with good light

  7. AIJ55 [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

    Fantastic work, love the the angle/composition and the reflection! Superb

  8. emmedidì 45 months ago | reply

    Che paesaggio!!! Bello scatto!

  9. raygreenuk 44 months ago | reply

    A classic view. The stones in the water make this picture for me. If I was to be honest I think this picture could be even better with a slight increase in the exposure - in particular the upper half and especially above Quinag. It looks to me like a heavy graduated filter has been used.
    Excellent though - I like it.

  10. Hoyuela 44 months ago | reply

    Mitic place.

  11. tom_poland 41 months ago | reply

    great composition & colours

  12. yukonchris 39 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous photo and the background text is much appreciated.

  13. Sir Francis Canker Photography © 36 months ago | reply

    Excellent image, beautiful reflection..

  14. tucker.tterence 35 months ago | reply

    Stunning lighting.

  15. capturedcanvas.co.uk 31 months ago | reply

    Well done on having the most interesting pic of this castle.

  16. Yannick Lefevre 26 months ago | reply

    it's a magical landscape reflection with a nice clarity, congrats

  17. gregor H 26 months ago | reply

    this location is deep in my mind. I like your interpretation
    Seen in : The Pantheon of Landscape ( Invitation )

  18. raygreenuk 26 months ago | reply

    Excellent photograph. I want to be up there.

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