I’ve not managed far this week for various reasons but I thought I would take you to one of my favourite places that I like to go to when I don’t have time to go further afield.
Ackergill Tower was built in the early sixteenth century and is an iconic part of the Caithness landscape. You will see it from the road as you travel the North Coast 500 or as you travel to and from John O’Groats. It is shrouded in history of battles fought and feuds won and lost. One story that comes to mind is about one of the earliest occupants, Helen Gunn, who was brought to the castle against her will on her wedding night. To escape her captor she leapt from the tower to her death. A stone still marks the spot where she fell and it is said that her ghost still roams the battlements.
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Every time I visit this place I am stunned by its beauty and its character. History aside it is truly a remarkable building and location. I am very blessed that the tower stocks my paintings and prints and am happy to support and promote them as much as possible. I’ll never get bored of visiting this place, whether in the grounds or from the shore. It adds context to the wonderful beach that I love to walk on and truly plants my feet on Scottish soil.
These are some of my current Ackergill Tower prints. Most of the originals have sold already but rest assured there are more in the pipeline, in different light and from different perspectives.
You can visit Ackergill Tower for afternoon tea and for lunch, in their soon to be open pub. Or you can book a room here –
I’ll not be posting over the next couple of weeks as we will be concentrating on re-opening The Gallery at John O’Groats (opening 30th March), but I’ll see you in a few weeks.