MHG10121 - Helmsdale Castle


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Type and Period (1)

  • CASTLE (Medieval to Unknown - 1466 AD (built))

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

ND01NW 19 0272 1515.
Helmsdale Castle (NR) (remains) OS 25" map, (1971)

The ruins of Helmsdale Castle occupy a most commanding position on end of a steep bank at S side of mouth of Helmsdale River. The structure was evidently of the L form, with a circular staircase in the angle, but is now a mere shell. The ruin stands to a height of some 24'. The castle is said to have been erected in 1488 by the seventh Countess of Sutherland, and to have been rebuilt and repaired by Sir Alexander Gordon of Navidale in 1616.
D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; RCAHMS 1911.

The S part of Helmsdale Castle is destroyed by erosion: the remainder is in danger of collapsing.
Revised at 1/2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 20 February 1968.

This castle is now totally destroyed. A monumental stone has been placed in car park near the site. It bears the inscription 'Helmsdale Castle was built near here in 1488. The ruins were removed in 1970 to make way for the new road and bridge'.
Visited by OS (J B) 24 June 1976.

A lintel stone from Helmsdale Castle, bearing two latin inscriptions, is within Timespan Museum. <1>

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Grid reference Centred ND 0272 1515 (25m by 25m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND01NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish KILDONAN

Finds (1)

  • LINTEL (Medieval to 20th Century - 1466 AD to 1970 AD)

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