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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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I had been to Drumnadrochit a few times, but refrained to go and see castle due to severely hostile weather. I decided to change things last weekend. The castle can be seen... read more

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

I had been to Drumnadrochit a few times, but refrained to go and see castle due to severely hostile weather. I decided to change things last weekend. The castle can be seen from outside the museum but it is a considerable distance. The price for the entry ticket is acceptable, 7.50 (this time of the year). Despite occasional show ups... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We actually visited a castle couple of years ago. The price was quiet high even a few years back, but we had a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass, which is the best option if you are traveling around Scotland for a few weeks, we saved so much money with it. Staff was very helpful, telling the history of the castle, such... More 

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Channel Islands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Loved visiting Loch Ness with my family. My daughter loved running around the castle looking for the secret stairs to find Nessie's secret underground area (from the film lol) Was fantastic though and great visitor centre. We did see Nessie on our way back down to the boat which made our day ;) x

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Portishead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

We recently visited in the February half term and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Took the guided tour by a gentleman named Stuart who was incredibly knowledgable and a pleasure to listen to. The castle itself is in a beautiful setting on Loch Ness, making for some great photos. Highly recommend taking the tour, all staff really friendly and a credit... More 

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Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We enjoyed a visit to the castle during February half term. There is an interesting film before you go out to the castle and a quiz that our 7 year old found exciting as he searched for the answers. The scenery is stunning and Loch Ness looked beautiful. Well worth a visit although it is rather expensive. Staff are a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Urquhart castle is beautifully nestled by Loch Ness so the views and scenery are stunning. The spot gets very windy though and we were cold on our visit in February. I'd advise you to wear outdoor clothing. The entry price is expensive especially as we only spent an hour there. You enter by going throught the castle shop which is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I recommend viewing the short documentary on the history of the castle first, this brings everything into perspective and makes the experience more meaningful. There is a museum indoors and the outside castle ruins to explore. We enjoyed the stunning views of Loch Ness and the Mountains around it.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We had a great visit and ended up visiting twice in the same week. We first came on the cruise from the Clansman. It was a nice day - bit windy but clear enough to get some outstanding photos of the Castle from the waterside approach. We really enjoyed walking around the ruins. The views from the ruins up the... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The views from here was amazing. We were told all of the history of the castle which was interesting. The actual castle itself was fantastic. My family and I loved every minute of it !

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Leeds, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I remember coming to this castle when I was a young child. It has definitely had some good investment since I came. This was included in our Jacobite's Freedom Cruise ticket price. The weather was very cold but everywhere was lovely and quiet given the off peak season! Information boards are dotted throughout the the castle and everyone we came... More 

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