Ackergill Tower Ackergill, Wick, Highland, KW1 4RG.
Ackergill Tower, located in the northern part of Scotland, is a early 16th century castle that has been turned into a hotel and attraction. It is also said to be haunted. The castle is for sale, with a price tag of at least 4.5 million pounds, or roughly 6.7 million dollars. It is a working, 17 bedroom income property with a small cult following and a Wikipedia page.
A legend relates the tale of a young woman by the name of Helen Gunn, who was abducted by John Keith for her beauty. She flung herself, or fell, from the highest tower to escape her abductor’s advances. Supposedly her ghost is still seen, wearing a long red rustling ball gown and a tall head of black hair. This was in the late 14th or early 15th century and is said to have been the true beginning for all feuding between the Gunns and the Keiths. It led to the Battle of Champions in either 1478 or 1464, a judicial combat which led to a massacre of the Gunns by the Keiths at the chapel of St Tear (or Tayre) just east of the village.
From the listing: “Ackergill Tower is in a spectacular location near John o’Groats in the highlands of Scotland and its coastal position overlooking the glorious sandy beach of Sinclairs’ Bay adds to the appeal of this fantastic, high quality, leisure destination business.
The beauty of this remote location is enhanced by its accessibility – Wick Airport is only 5 minutes from Ackergill Tower, which, via either Aberdeen or Edinburgh, provides flight links to London and other airports.
The original Ackergill Tower is believed to date from 1475 and over the centuries has been steeped in an interesting history – ‘tales to tell’ whilst ‘sipping a dram’ by the roaring fires. Not untypical of the era, the property was extensively extended in the halcyon days of the 19th century. Thereafter, the property was rarely used for around 100 years. In the 1980s, the Tower was restored to its deserved grandeur to attract the discerning clientele to what can only be described as ‘somewhere really special’. The current owners purchased Ackergill Tower in 2009 and have progressively improved and renovated the property, including the provision of additional accommodation in the adjacent former stables block and the creation of a superb conference/function facility for up to 200 guests.
In addition to the uniqueness of the property itself and its accessible location, Ackergill Tower can offer real flexibility of use. It can operate as either a traditional country house hotel business, an exclusive use wedding/party venue or a corporate launch and/or conference venue. Some of the properties can be used for self-catering accommodation whilst the main Tower remains as the ‘core’ hotel business. ”
The address of the tower is Ackergill Tower Ackergill, Wick, Highland, KW1 4RG.