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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, Group tours/bus tour, Swimming
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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well worth a visit - ruins now of course but will give you a good view of the loch and the history of the castle is explained in the adjacent visitors centre

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

well worth a visit - ruins now of course but will give you a good view of the loch and the history of the castle is explained in the adjacent visitors centre

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This is a must see if you are visiting the Loch Ness area. The weather was not the best, but it certainly made our tour with our guide a memorable one. As we hid from the rain and wind in one of the castle store buildings we listened to the story of this once grand castle. Great place to visit... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous views, but mainly just ruins. In a lovely section of the loch. Not a must do but if you have a couple days, a good visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Great scenic castle what's left of it . Video was interesting but as weather was rain we went to Loch Ness Centre which was great. Would love to visit castle on a sunny day! Didn't eat there but food looked nice.

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Gainesville, Georgia
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favorite places in The United Kingdom. We came upon it quite by surprised and ended up spending a whole morning there. Sitting above Loch Ness, the Castle offers incredible views in all directions. One gets such a sense of history here. You can almost hear the bagpipes across the hills. I often look at our... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Excellent staff very helpful and informative. Despite the inclement weather we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. A brief video history reveals the spectacular castle. Cafe good too. We didn't manage to spot the loch ness monster!!

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Right on the loch, this is a truly stunning area if you get a lovely clear day. Approachable by boat via the loch or on car. Large grounds to walk around, quite a lot of stairs and hills though. worth a visit for an hour or two.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

We drove an hour to get there with 2 kids and our dog to be told no dogs aloud and to leave him in the car!! A castle that has been there hundreds of years and we cant enter with the dog so had to leave! Not good at all

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Liked the history and setting.va truly ancient place with so many varied things to see. The castle spans over 100 years of history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The experience starts with a short film explaining the colorful history behind the castle. Very interesting! When the show stops the curtains are opened and you get your first look at the castle through huge picture windows. It is a dramatic introduction and very effective. Walking through the ruins along Loch Ness helps you understand why the location was in... More 

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