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Urquhart Castle

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Address: 2 mi southeast of Drumnadrochit on A82, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)1456 450 551
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 3:45 pm
Activities: Driving, Group tours/bus tour, Swimming
Description: An atmospheric ruin overlooking the dark waters of Loch Ness, this...
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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One of Scotland’s most photogenic castle ruins

Urquhart Castle is certainly one of the most photogenic castle ruins in Scotland. I wish we could have stayed longer to let the weather clear a bit, but we had to push on to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Urquhart Castle is certainly one of the most photogenic castle ruins in Scotland. I wish we could have stayed longer to let the weather clear a bit, but we had to push on to Inverness. I still prize the photos I took at this magical place.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Great castle ruins and well explained. The video presentation gives you a good background too! good shop

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

you do have to pay for this one...but you will not regret it!!!! The view from this castle and the ruins themselves are just amazing! Take also a look at the video with the history of it, really interesting. Last but not least, enjoy a dring from the restaurant terrace....youll never forget that view!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

If you go on a nice day (not in the rain), this is a beautiful location to get a historical perspective of a key site on Loch Ness, plus a gorgeous view of the Loch itself. I'm not a big castle ruins fan, but this is definitely worth a stop. Kids will love this.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Remains of the castle has stories to tell. The banks of Loch Ness are magnificant and view around is breathtaking. Watch out for the castle sign boards as it is difficult to locate on the highway. Do watch the movie at the end of the castle tour.

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Peterhead, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Very Little to see at this Castle. Overly priced for what there is to see. Cafe at the centre was quite expensive aswell.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A lot more to see than some photos would have you believe. Stunning location too. The blue skies and sunshine definitely showed it in it's finest colours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Beautiful views and interesting history. I personally loved how the castle was mostly untouched. The small exhibit was informative and interesting, and while I'm not a fan of videos, it was not bad.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This castle is not only picturesque in its own right, with lots of History and information across the site, it is situated on the banks of Loch Ness which provides a spectacular backdrop. You can't help but fall in love with the castle and the Loch whilst learning about the tumultuous history of the Highland Clans that inhabited the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Once you're in, this is a really good attraction with a great introductory video and plenty of time to walk around the grounds (though the information boards aren't always certain on what each room/building contained!) The views of Loch Ness are also incredible, a real 180 degree view. But the problem here is car parking - such a popular attraction... More 

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