The fascinating history of Ackergill Tower
This is a castle steeped in history and immortalised in legend - if these ancient stones could talk what tales they would tell, of bloody battles and savage sieges, dastardly intrigues and mournful ghosts.
The architecture of the current castle suggests it dates from the late 15th century, circa 1475, but there seems to be little doubt that a fortification stood on this spot earlier than this.
The Clan Keith, under John Keith of Inverugie, inherited the lands of Ackergill in 1354 from the Cheynes family and the original tower may have been built by his son. It’s around this time that the tower first gained its notoriety. Helen Dunn, known as the "Beauty of Braemore", was abducted on her wedding night and kept prisoner in the tower by the infamous Dugald Keith. Rather than succumb to his less than honourable advances, she leapt from the battlements. The stone on which she was believed to have fallen, and which bears her outline, can be seen nearby, while it is said her ghost still haunts the spot. The bloody feud between the Keiths and Gunns, of which this abduction was but one tragic chapter, rumbled on for another 500 years.
The estate at that time was estimated at well over 500,000 acres. Various Captains signing by the name of Keith looked after the lands in Caithness for many years, with the estate passing in direct descent for eight generations until the Battle of Flodden in 1513. It was then inherited by the Earl Marshals – but they struggled to retain it.
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Ackergill Tower is a historic and unique castle property that offers an exceptional array of filming, photography and event opportunities for any purpose or occasion. Set in an impressive 3,000 acre estate with private beach and miles of breath-taking coastline, Ackergill Tower is a location unlike any other.
The stunning architecture dates from the 15th Century and, through careful restoration, the original charm and character of this traditional castle has been maintained and emphasised. Ackergill boasts every 21st Century luxury, combining stately tradition and contemporary comfort with glorious opulence.
Ackergill Tower boasts 17 bedroom suites in the main tower all with their own unique character and adorned with antique furnishings, rich fabrics, and deep carpets. All the bedrooms are en-suite, and several have glorious four poster beds and dramatic views of the sea and grounds.
In addition to the suites in the main Tower, the property also offers 5 cottages each beautifully furnished with the added touch of exclusivity. Stables Cottage overlooks the coastline and combines traditional architecture with modern style to create a rich, unique ambience. The Beach House is a stylish New England style cottage and boasts uninterrupted views to John O’Groats and the Orkneys. The Sunshine and Seashore Cottages offer a taste of luxury, just metres from the sea. Finally, Keepers Cottage is a mere 6 metres from the sea and offers the upmost space and comfort with an open fire and cosy seating making it feel like a home from home.
Completely unique to Ackergill Tower is the stunning Treehouse. Perched in a 150 year old Sycamore surrounded by woodland, the Treehouse is the perfect location for complete privacy. It offers a full kitchen, a cosy living area with panoramic views of the surrounding woodland and a modern bathroom suite with a large circular bath. The luxury continues upstairs with a sumptuous 7ft round bed and features a twilight ceiling where you can gaze up at the stars.
Whatever you are looking for, Ackergill Tower offers a historic setting suitable for any filming or photography event. Let us know your brief and we will be sure to make your vision become a reality.
Standing proudly above its own private beach, at the northernmost tip of Scotland, this is one of the most atmospheric, iconic and legendary Venues imaginable.
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