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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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Kenmore, New York, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Very nice grounds and well maintained. Had great explanations of each part of the castle and information on how things must have been in its prime. Fantastic view of the Loch from these ruins. Good souvenir shop and cafe. Well worth a planned visit.

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Keizer, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Spent a sunny day here with a bit of "soft rain". We started by viewing the movie which set the tone of the visit from a historical perspective. We utilized the free guide which I highly recommend. The tour was about 45 minutes and the tour was offered every hour. I highly recommend seeing the movie first. I also suggest... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

As part of a shore excursion we visited this old Castle Urquhart. Initially it took us a while to get our tickets because the line was pretty large. You will need to be fit for the visit here, there is a lot of walking up and down steps. Very interesting though and it has great views over Loch Ness. We... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Pretty nice ruins with a lot of explanations around. The view on Loch Ness is awesome here and the whole caste grounds are simply amazing. But there are a lot of tourists which I personally dislike. But you need to expect that. I am not highly interested in ruins but it was quite nice.

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Sleaford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Brilliant attraction, well priced and informative. Nice touch having a piper and the grounds are well maintained. Only negative is they could use more parking but no fault of theirs.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We took in this castle and what a great experience. This castle sets on Loch Ness and has a commanding view of the loch. There is plenty to explore on the grounds. You get to really hands on experience as you tour the castle. There is a nice gift shop and cafe. There information center provides plenty of history. We... More

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Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The castle was great to visit, what is spectacular is the short DVD that is shown and then they open the curtains!!!! wow, want to know more? Go there yourself, Didn't see Nessie

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Netherlands
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Hard to skip Urquhart Castle given its location on Loch Ness. In comparison to other ruins visited however I found it to be wanting. It is tough to get in and out of and has limited parking. The tourist trap store at the entrance was a turn off. The ruins itself was packed with people and felt more touristy than... More

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Insane amount of people and tourists from the boat tours all scrambling to get a picture/view from the top of the tower. The thing with castles is you really need to get in to the history and stories to bring them to life. It's hard to immerse yourself with so many people and just a lack of stories other than... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The car park is a bit chaotic when you arrive but we finally squeezed in. There is a treasure hunt style quiz for kids to find the answers as they explore the castle. The castle is still majestic despite being blown apart in it's past. The views over the Loch are superb. The gift shop is well stocked with good... More

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