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Urquhart Castle

A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
+44 1456 450551
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Discover 1,000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life and enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands. Climb the Grant Tower that watches over the iconic loch, peer into a miserable prison cell, said to have held the legendary Gaelic bard Domhnall Donn, and imagine the splendid banquets staged in the great hall. A more comfortable view of the iconic ruins, against a backdrop of Loch Ness and the hills of the Great Glen, can be enjoyed from the café. Urquhart’s stories are also told through a remarkable collection of artefacts left by its residents, historic replicas, including a full-sized, working trebuchet siege engine, and a short film. The castle has a distinctly Highland heritage and the site has witnessed some of the most dramatic chapters in our nation’s history. This is where St Columba is said to have worked miracles in the 6th century, where acts of chivalry and defiance provided inspiration during the Wars of Independence and where the MacDonald Lords of the Isles struggled with the Crown for power.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
+44 1456 450551
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This castle ruin is 1000 years old. Great history lesson and the scenery is truly beautiful.The only downside is that it can be very busy when boat trip crowds arrive and it isn't great for those in a wheelchair. Unfortunately due to the nature of...More

Thank sarenanorwood30
Reviewed 2 days ago

Urquhart Castle has some magnificent views of the Loch Ness, especially on good days, as well as the castle itself. There isn't too much to see as the majority of the castle is in ruins and the site isn't too large, but there are some...More

Thank Lady_Snowhawk
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the castle. We didn't follow a guided tour but most of it was self explanatory, especially after the short, informative film presentation which was very interesting to watch!

Thank Jingu1
Reviewed 3 days ago

Yes its all ruins and you can get an inclination of the history and the views it had commending the area adjacent to Loch Ness. the best thing to do is to start at the visitor centre and sit down and enjoy the video presentation,...More

Thank james s
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The castle was nice, but exceptionally busy. The grant tower was tricky and my wife and baby had to sit at bottom as no coordination going up or down, and no one wanted to wait to let each other pass...tricky walking in inside of spiral...More

Thank millington101
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped on the way back to inverness around 4 pm. There were a good amount of people but the site is quite large. The ruins are gorgeous and the view is spectacular. Loch Ness is huge and I can only imagine how beautiful this...More

Thank Wanderluster16
Reviewed 4 days ago

With several senior citizens in our group we figured that it was best for us to see the castle on a boat tour. It was the best decision we made that day. The boat took us right to the front of the castle and we...More

Thank ROCruiser
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Telephoned to ask the position on taking Stanley. Rather snootily told that dogs we not permitted! Not even on a lead and looked after by a very responsible owner!! No apologise or attempt to give any customer services! Balmoral allows dogs and welcomes them. God...More

Thank Geoff P
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited Urquhart at 9:30am when it opened & we are glad that we did. We enjoyed the movie about the history of the castle and loved being able to explore the ruins with only a few other people. Within 45 minutes of our arrival...More

Thank alihathaway24
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

First of all Urquhart Castle is in a beautiful location right on Loch Ness. Not much of the actual castle is intact and its mostly ruins.. We did not spend much time here less than an hour.. the castle can also become very busy.... Was...More

Thank Adam_Caroline
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Manux S
8 May 2017|
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Response from m0nikazet | Reviewed this property |
Yes, plenty of spaces :)
27 April 2017|
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Response from Neil M | Reviewed this property |
Hi there Guided tours are on set times and they last about 30/45 mins it was mentioned when we were there