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Urquhart Castle

2 mi southeast of Drumnadrochit on A82, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
+44 (0)1456 450 551
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
Activities: Driving, Swimming, Group tours/bus tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Lafayette, Colorado
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

This ancient castle has seen hard times, as the educational film shown in the Visitor's Center will attest, and the remaining structures bear their mark. The history is fascinating and the views of Loch Ness are excellent.

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Saltcoats, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Had a lovely day at the castle, great views, friendly staff, well stocked gift shop, all the family enjoyed it. Would visit again. Cafe didn't cater very well for children, my only niggle, all my son had was a cake as they said they were too busy to make a simple cheese toastie, even although they were toasting my husband... More

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Foxboro
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

The castle is a great place to visit with some stunning views of Loch Ness. We took a free tour and the guide gave some great information. All the rooms have signs that explain how that part of the castle was used, and that is really helpful. When you climb into the tower it is just stunning to see the... More

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Morgan City, Louisiana
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We loved visiting the Urquhart Castle Ruins. The site has an informative 8 minute film that helps you to have a better understanding of the importance of this once grand castle. A tiny museum houses interesting artifacts. Great view of Loch Ness, too.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This castle is just on the bank of Loch Ness and looks great and gives a feeling of long and hard history. There are many tour offers, but we took the local bus transport to Drumnadrochit and walked to the castle, so droping the price considerably and getting some nice views on the Loch too. Though do not forget that's... More

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Maia, Portugal
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

It's one of those Scottish scenery that is a must see. The beauty of the surroundings and how it blends in Loch Ness makes it unique. The only downside is the admission cost...

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tennessee
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233 attraction reviews
292 helpful votes 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We visited this castle on a day long tour around Loch Ness. Even though the castle is only ruins, it sets in a beautiful location overlooking Loch Ness. The ground are exceptionally well maintained and steps and rails have been added to make it possible to tour most of the remaining parts of the castle. I actually found touring this... More

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aberdeen
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful setting and area but its small so would not need more than two hours to see it all! Worth a visit.

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Galway, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Movie did good job telling the castle 800 year history in 8 minutes. The castle ruins are like so many others that you do not pay to see.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

This is why I don't have a historic Scotland membership. Yet another property I cannot take my dog into. English heritage is. Far better.

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ByHistoricScotland, Manager at Urquhart Castle, responded to this review

Hello, We have had to restrict access to dogs due to the busy nature of the castle (often over 2000 visitors a day during summer) and also because access to the castle is via our underground visitor centre which includes an open plan cafeteria. We do make our dog policy clear on all our promotional materials and website. Thank you... More

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