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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, Swimming, Group tours/bus tour
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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The place on itself is wonderful! A lot of history here and a great presentation from the staff that shows the uniform that soldiers used to wear in the 1700s, they are great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The place on itself is wonderful! A lot of history here and a great presentation from the staff that shows the uniform that soldiers used to wear in the 1700s, they are great presenters and there is an amazing view of the Loch Ness.... no monster though, but its worth the trip!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

If you are traveling near Loch Ness it is worth stopping by to see the castle - but if you aren't in the area it's not really worth going out of your way to see it. You must see the film in the castle visitor center to get an understanding of the castle history and to understand why it lays... More 

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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Drive to the castle is along the lakeside with option to park and walk to the lake bed. View from castle to the deep blue vast lake is endless and spectacular. Ruins of the caste with the lush green grass offers excellent backdrop for the snaps. We were lucky to have a nice weather with excellent sun light, assume things... More 

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Mildenhall, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Our intention on visiting this castle was to in addition to seeing the famous Loch we'd also get some photos of an authentic Castle. Although it's a ruin, the Castle and visitor center provides a host of information, displays and interactive tools to help you understand this place, and as a whole it was a great place to visit! However,... More 

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Hednesford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Very friendly staff.....super setting... The film show was super, very informative and a lovely surprise at the end of it. The castle was ....well....and old ruined castle! Lovely views over the loch....fantastic atmosphere and you get a feel for the vastness of the loch itself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

We drove by it several times, via car and on boat. It was packed with people both days, and wish I could have stopped to tour.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Upon arrival in the main car park there is a visitor reception. There were 4 adults in our group and 2 toddlers. I'm sorry but even though it may be an excellent exhibition in the castle's visitor centre i am not forking out £8.50 per adult. Judging by the other visitors peering over the wall and looking down at the... More 

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ByHistoricScotland, Marketing Executive at Urquhart Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit to Urquhart Castle. I was sorry to hear that your visit fell far short of expectations. The admission costs for Urquhart Castle are regularly reviewed to ensure value for money - our admission cost not only contributes to maintaining this beautifully historic location but also contributes to preserving our 340+ sites... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

If you go there you should come early in the morning before the tourist busses with all the people from the ships arrive. Then you will have a great experiance and can "feel" the old castle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

This is where Nessie lives and you could get lucky and see her from here, the castle is worth a visit as is the world class visitors centre. There is car parking although it does get a bit busy in summer particularly on a good day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

We were rushed into the introductory movie that you see at the exhibition center before visiting the castle ruins. It was a quick, but informative overview and worth seeing before touring the castle. When the video was done, the black curtains opened and there was the ruins of this amazing castle with the shimmering Loch Ness and a sunrise right... More 

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