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Helmsdale's story dates back at least as far as the Vikings, who settled beside the sheltered mouth of the River Ullie or River Helmsdale. Helmsdale Castle was built in 1488. The castle was the location of the poisoning of the 11th Earl of Sutherland in 1567 by his aunt, Isobel Sinclair, to clear the way for her own son to become Earl. The castle fell into ruin in the 1800s, and the remaining tower was demolished make way for a new bridge over the River Helmsdale in 1970. (more...)
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