History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Battleground for clan rivalry between the MacDonalds and Mackenzies
In 1602 the Mackenzies once again put Strome under siege. The defending MacDonalds were holding out, when tragedy struck. The original story was that 'silly women' snuck out of the castle to fetch water from the well. The light was so poor, and the women so terrified, that they accidentally poured the water into the vat holding the MacDonald's gunpowder rather than their water barrel. When the menfolk discovered the error they cursed the women loudly.
On the west side of the cross-wall there are only foundation walls visible, though you can see a garderobe chute in the northwest corner. Near the east end is a mound of rubble, though what it once formed is unclear. The hall was probably made of timber floors, and had a central hearth (i.e. no chimneys).
In truth the ruins are not extensive; its the location - and the history - that makes Strome Castle worth a visit. Strome is an open site, accessible at any time - just be careful near the edge!
About Strome Castle
Address: North Strome, Strathcarron, Wester Ross, Scotland, IV54 8YJ
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: On a minor road west of Lochcarron village, by the North Strome ferry. Open site.
Website: Strome Castle
National Trust for Scotland
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Nearest Accommodation to Strome Castle:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Strome Castle. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
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Tel: 01478 612 992