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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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Surigao City, Philippines
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We were led to a room to watch the movie about Urquhart and its history. It was very informative and direct! Easy to understand. And then the curtains opened to show the beautiful URQUHART CASTLE at its best position!! Awesome!!!,:) The local guide there was wearing kilts and it was a plus points for picture taking! We then went around... More

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Largs Scotland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Overall this is a great castle to visit on the shores of Loch Ness and we visited on a bright sunny October day so everywhere was looking magnificent. Rather disappointing to be met at the entrance by two English gentlemen - nothing against English - I am half English myself! - but not really the Scottish welcome that is expected.... More

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Olympia, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The castle was very picturesque in its setting on Loc Ness! Very beautiful to photograph. It is a ruin however so there is no tour per se. However, lovely setting.

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ontario
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Castle is beautiful! A place my husband has always wanted to see We loved the views and knowledge of the people working in the castle

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Amazing views from the ruins of a fantastic castle. A very friendly welcome from the gentleman at reception. Beautiful well kept castle.

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Watford, England, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This is a must see if you are in the Loch Ness area. I visited a few years ago, and had forgotten just how large the castle ruins are. Also, there was the backdrop of a bagpipe player, which gave a great photo opportunity as well as beautiful music. Wheelchairs are available as well, so my mother could experience the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Everybody at the visitor center was very helpful. One of the people that work there offered to play the movie of the castle in spanish if it was only me and my cousin or if there where more English speaking to at least add subtitles in spanish. The remains of the castle are very nice and it has a great... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Before seeing the castle, we got to see a movie about it's rich history. We enjoyed it and spend a few good hours exploring the site and watch animations. Guides stood around key location at the castle and provided insights and information whenever asked. As a plus you get a stunning view over Loch Ness.

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Scotland
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46 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The views here of the castle and the loch are spectacular which is the real high part of the visit. However, I am really disappointed with Historic Scotland who when purchasing a ticket for this attraction tried the high pressure sell for a Historic Scotland membership at £80 plus pounds not satisfied with this they then went on t try... More

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Glasgow
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9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Stunning location with amazing views over Loch Ness. The castle has lots of areas to wander through. Nice gift shop and cafe area. Entry price was very reasonable too. Definitely a must see when visiting this area.

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