The loser of the Battle of Carbisdale, the Marquis of Montrose was captured around here in 1650
- the stories vary as to what exactly transpired - and it is believed he was held in the castle
before being sent to Edinburgh for execution.
Not long after this, the Mackenzies came to the area and built nearby Calda House.
In the 18th century Calda and Ardvreck were both destroyed by fire.
Legend has it that a wicked old dowager lived in the castle for many years.
It was apparently struck by lightning after 5 years of poor harvests and difficult fishing
which many believed was proof that the old woman had put a curse on the region.