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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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We visited Urquart castle as part of an inclusive cruise trip from the Clansman hotel which I highly recommend. The castle itself, though in ruins is excellently maintained and presented with a fascinating history. There are many parts which are pretty much intact and you can climb to higher parts for great views. There was even a piper playing in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Entry price good value, very nice exhibition centre with pleasant staff. Plenty to see and do with fantastic views.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Upon presenting our Historic Scotland pass (well worth it if traveling extensively through Scotland) we were advised to check out the film before proceeding to the castle. The film was informative and provided a nice history of the castle. The castle itself is quite scenic and the grounds are easy to explore. Great views of Loch Ness all around. There... More

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Sheffield
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Lovely visit to Urquart Castle on the shore of Loch Ness, we were lucky enough to go when it was sunny. The down side to this was it was exceptionally busy. Some international tourists just wanted to shout at their kids which spoilt the atmosphere, however the location is great and you get a fabulous view of the loch. There... More

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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I live in Wales, where we have many wonderful ancient castles to visit, but the setting of Urquhart is unique. We were there on a hot, sunny day, and the view of Loch Ness was stunning. The staff were very helpful and welcoming. the entrance and lay out is very well designed and easy to get around. The little museum... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We used Historic Scotland membership. This is a good deal if you are going to visit a number of sites managed by Historic Scotland. This was one of our favorite castles to visit in Scotland. As with most all attractions in Scotland, they close by late afternoon; therefore arrive atlease 1 hour before the posted closing time. You would most... More

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I loved the view of this castle over Loch Ness steeped in history and mystery with stories of the famous Loch Ness monster.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I can't give a review for the castle as we didn't get to see it. We were told at various places that closing time was six oçlock, it isn't, it's 5.15. Éven your website says closing time 6 pm. If you don't let people in after 5.15 your closing time is 5.15. We arrrived at 5.20, the carpark was full,... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Pro: Covered by the Explorer Pass / Historic Scotland Pass. Con: Other tourists. You sit in a theater with a bunch of other tourists and you get to learn the history of the castle. The movie is actually really well done and has the most dramatic/epic ending something like that could hope for. But as with anything in Scotland, there... More

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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

From pictures we had always assumed Urquhart castle was basically one tower and a few small walls so were astonished at the extent and condition of the remains. The short video is definitely not to be missed, esp for the ending, and the catering in the cafe was a good standard. The staff on the entrance were under pressure because... More

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