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Urquhart Castle

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Address: A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
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+44 1456 450551
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09:30 - 15:45
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 15:45
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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An atmospheric ruin overlooking the dark waters of Loch Ness, this dramatic...

An atmospheric ruin overlooking the dark waters of Loch Ness, this dramatic castle has a long and bloody history. Once one of Scotland's mightiest strongholds, Urquhart's strategic location gave it a key role in the Scottish battle for independence. It came under the control of Robert the Bruce before a 150-year power struggle between the Stewart dynasty and the MacDonald Lords of the Isles.

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Magical

Love visiting this magnificent old castle. The video before it is good and when the curtain opens the view is spectacular. Went on a snowy day which made it even more... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Elgin, United Kingdom
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Elgin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Love visiting this magnificent old castle. The video before it is good and when the curtain opens the view is spectacular. Went on a snowy day which made it even more dramatic. But why have English tour guides giving their own spin on Our Scottish history.

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Ballymena
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This site is a must see. Admittedly we were there on a bright sunny day which always helps. The access, exhibition and overall facilities were second to none.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Urquhart Castle had some lovely views but very disappointed you cannot take dogs in and tickets very expensive.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Watch the video first when you get here. Nice to explore when it's not too busy. Great views. Wear comfortable shoes as lots of stairs

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Axbridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The weather was bad so did not get great view, don't feel it was worth an entrance fee as we feel it did not live up to it's reputation sorry, just our opinion

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very popular place to visit, even on boxing day it was packed out, plenty to see and some great views, definatley worth looking in if you are in the area.

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment you enter the Castle, you can almost feel the history seeping out.There is a video at the start of tour which I highly recommend - especially the ending - very well done (won't tell cos it will ruin the impact of it). Spent over 2 1/2 hours here - and took in the boat trip to see... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Iconic location on Loch Ness, self guided with lots of plaques of information. Some narrow staircases for upper levels would not be suitable for all ages. Surprisingly good gift shop. May not appeal to younger children or those with little interest in history.

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the boat on Loch Ness on a very choppy day to Urquhart castle but it was worth it if you love ruined castles and history. Unfortunately it was a wet day so didn't roam around as much as I would have liked but still very atmospheric. Interesting short film to watch after looking around. The views were still fantastic.

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Beauly, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The last time I visited Urquhart Castle was back in the 1980's then everything was free....yet Historic Scotland has added to this attraction with guided tours, lovely gift shop, and cafe, yet the price for entrance is perhaps a bit steep..... considering it is mostly a 'ruin' not like Stirling, Edinburgh, Eilean Donan

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