Forse Castle Ruins

Highland, United Kingdom

Forse Castle ruins dates from c. 1200 in the hamlet of Forse. The castle stands on a peninsula about 50 metres above sea level. It is surrounded on all sides by steep rocks and is cut off from the mainland by a natural ditch at the neck of the peninsula. Forse Castle was the stronghold of the Sutherland of Forse family, a cadet branch of the Clan Sutherland. They lived in it until around 1600.



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Highland, United Kingdom
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Founded: c. 1200
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in United Kingdom

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Tork Mackenzie (7 months ago)
A very atmospheric ruin on a cliff top which gives great photo opportunities but you cant get too close as its on private property , its an easy walk in from the car park in Keiss harbour
Alan Aim (Ramblin' Rover) (14 months ago)
Can't believe so many of these magnificent structures had their roofs demolished and left to decay to the rain and winds of time. Hopefully Historic Scotland could allow these to be purchased and perhaps made into experience style Air BnBs
Paul Wilkinson (14 months ago)
We were staying in Keiss so we just walked along to it, however, there are places to park in Keiss. It's a short walk from Keiss harbour and quite a pleasant one too. Once you leave the harbour area it's a grass path. You follow the shoreline and pass 2 WW2 pillboxes, then head down towards the rocks, the castle is standing on the edge of the cliff, holding on for dear life! I can't imagine it will be long before it crashes over onto the beach as much of the ground around it is wearing away. It's fenced off and you can't reach it by continuing along the same trail, you'd need to head into the filed with the cows then climb over the fence again when you reach it. To be honest, it's not worth it and I would bother getting close, it does look like it's ready to tumble. The little bay below the caste was filled with seals when we were there.
Simon Rowell (14 months ago)
We were staying nearby and were disappointed that access to this ruin was not easier. One thing I did realize is that IT IS NOT A CASTLE! If you compare the ruin with the new large house, you will see that whoever built the new house, simply copied the ruin (probably because the original house was about to fall into the sea). With this in mind, you can see what the ruin used to look like. I have not yet been successful in finding any history about the new house.
Alex Eu (2 years ago)
Nice place to visit about 10 minute walk from keiss harbor where you can leave your car
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