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TITLE
Ruins of Helmsdale Castle
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_467_P045
PLACENAME
Helmsdale
DISTRICT
Kildonan, Loth and Clyne
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Kildonan
DATE OF IMAGE
1897
PERIOD
1890s
CREATOR
Rev Adam Gunn, MA & John Mackay (eds)
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31236
KEYWORDS
castles
Ruins of Helmsdale Castle

This illustration from 'Sutherland and the Reay Country' edited by Rev Adam Gunn & John Mackay, 1897, shows the ruins of Helmsdale Castle in Sutherland. The castle occupied a commanding position at the top of a steep bank at the mouth of the Helmsdale River. It is said to have been erected in 1488 by the 7th Countess of Sutherland, with improvements and repairs by Sir Alexander Gordon of Navidale in 1616.

Nothing remains of the castle. The ruins were removed in 1970 to make way for a new road and bridge. A momument has been erected in the car park near the site.

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Ruins of Helmsdale Castle

SUTHERLAND: Kildonan

1890s

castles

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

This illustration from 'Sutherland and the Reay Country' edited by Rev Adam Gunn & John Mackay, 1897, shows the ruins of Helmsdale Castle in Sutherland. The castle occupied a commanding position at the top of a steep bank at the mouth of the Helmsdale River. It is said to have been erected in 1488 by the 7th Countess of Sutherland, with improvements and repairs by Sir Alexander Gordon of Navidale in 1616.<br /> <br /> Nothing remains of the castle. The ruins were removed in 1970 to make way for a new road and bridge. A momument has been erected in the car park near the site.