Scottish fact of the day: Achmelvich Castle

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SCOTLAND’S landscape is peppered with historical follies however none are quite as bizarre as Achmelvich Castle or the Hermit’s Castle as it is also known.

The concrete oddity, which is nestled in the rocks, can be found near the beach at Achmelvich on the Assynt peninsula in the north west of Scotland and was built in the 1950s.

It was constructed by newly qualified English architect David Scott who was said to be taken by the area and decided to built the structure.

The castle, which has boxed windows and a chimney, has one small room with a concrete bed and fireplace.

Local legend says that he only slept one night in the castle after its completion however it is today used as a bothy by walkers and sunset watchers.


Go to the far left side of Achmelvich beach and up towards the end of the caravans. Over the stile, and through the gate at right side of the last green house.

Follow in a clockwise direction around the rocky peninsula, keeping both the campsite and then the sea on your left hand side.


• Walk of the week: Achmelvich Bay, Sutherland