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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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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Lovely castle ruins overlooking The Loch Ness, we visited on a clear day and it was lovely walking around the castle and learning what went on back in the days when it was in use. Lovely gift shop om site too

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Diepe
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Great castle with plenty to see. Nice to stroll around and a few steps to climb. I could imagine it getting very busy in Summer.

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Miami, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We were very happy with our visit to Urquhart Castle, the views were amazing! you can see Lock Ness at it's best and the way the castle has been preserved truly gives you a sense of how things were at this castle when it was a working castle. Absolutely worth the visit, a magical setting.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

This was our second visit to this attraction and this time we were able to learn more of its history as we had a basis to work from as well as a video show that provided a lot of information of the site and it's history. This video show was not available on our first visit ( about 15 years... More

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Seattle, Washington
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39 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We'd encountered tour buses in a couple of places (namely Clava cairn and Melrose Abbey), but nothing prepared us for just how touristy Loch Ness would be. In our naivety, we expected that a 22 mile long lake would distribute the tourists so they couldn't congregate in any one area, but we were wrong. That said, and despite being one... More

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Loved walking around the castle. If you can watch the show as it was entertaining. Be mindful, the parking lot can fill up and is not large.

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Dallas, Texas
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Urquhart Castle triggers the imagination from the opening video, touring the castle and eating lunch there. Tourists of all ages seemed mesmerized by the history and tales of the castle. There are period dressed tour guides that are fun and knowledgeable. Kids, teens, parents, and the elderly were spellbound by the tales of the free guides. Take time to hear... More

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Edmonton, Alberta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The story of the castle is incredible. Sight is great for pictures and history. History preview movie that is shown is a great way to get a visual map of the history. Well worth a visit.

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Zichron Yaakov, Israel
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The castle looks amazing, lot's of information all around, amazing view and easy to get there! Real sized catapult and very nice to see over all

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Niceville, Florida
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This beautiful castle ruin is easy to see from many spots along the Loch road. On the north side of it there is a wonderful viewing/parking area that make a great photo stop place. The castle with the backdrop of Loch Ness is a scenery sight to behold!

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