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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
+44 1456 450551
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Reviewed yesterday

From what we had read, we were expecting some ruins and lots of tourists. Although we got both as expected, the visit was well worth it. Don't skip the film - we were tempted to as we had become embeded in a group of Germans....More

Thank AndyPlusJan
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was extremely easy to get around the castle, the grounds surrounding the castle are maintained beautifully. From the video telling the history of the castle, the scenic view, the rain, and the castle. Urquhart Castle was one of the best maintained Castles we visited....More

Thank Sheryl269
Reviewed 2 days ago

Perched about the dark waters of Loch Ness this is one of Scotland's most iconic castles. Although now a ruin it is quite extensive and takes a good couple of hours to go around especially when it is busy. The visitor centre is excellent with...More

Thank NeilSK
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Iconic, picturesque castle oozes history from every brick, a very special place, especially with Loch Ness lapping at its shore. A highlight of our trip

Thank Poshpom
Reviewed 3 days ago

I am a Castle Nerd. I love castles. I love exploring castles and reading about their history. So if you aren't a castle person, maybe check out another review. I loved exploring Urquhart Castle. I had only an hour, and it wasn't nearly enough. The...More

Thank Leah v
Reviewed 4 days ago

I love Scotland and I love Loch Ness. This place is magnificent. We arrived quite late. but we could manage to get inside and have a look all around. Really nice place, and wonderful pictures. Also, the story for the castle is nice too. The...More

Thank Eva B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wow! We approached this castle by boat. It is majestic even though it's in ruins. One can only imagine what it was like in its day. The grounds were beautifully well kept. The castle is well explained by signs. Beware of The many, many stairs...More

Thank Eddiepeddie
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our second trip in a year to Scotland.We love the place, it's greener,more peaceful,polite,relatively uncrowded,great history, I could go on. this trip we went north to Inverness for the day by train. Arriving at the station we walked to the bus terminal and bought return...More

Thank sander s
Reviewed 4 days ago

definitely worth checking out if you're exploring around loch ness. it's cool to walk around what's left of the castle and makes for some great pictures. you can get a special pass which lets you visit so many different sites around the country for so...More

Thank kristyrebecca
Reviewed 5 days ago

Of Urquhart Castle which was once one of the mightiest fortresses in Scotland , in the 13th century up, is now not much left except some remaining walls , and towers. But this is enough to imagine what Urquart castle might have looked like in...More

Thank sim093
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12 September 2017|
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Response from Jimdpeters | Reviewed this property |
We were just there a week ago 1st two weeks of Sept. It was cold and wet. Just remember there is no bad weather in Scotland...only inappropriate clothing. Add layers to your packing and go.
Manux S
8 May 2017|
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Response from mckiaj | Reviewed this property |
There are some benches, but I didn't see a designated area for packed lunches outside of a small cafe.
Manux S
8 May 2017|
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Response from m0nikazet | Reviewed this property |
Yes, plenty of spaces :)