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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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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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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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bury st edmunds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Visited on coach tour. I am a disabled visitor and use a wheelchair. I was able to exchange this for the use of a mobility scooter which made the path down to the castle ruins a possibility as without that it would have been impossible for my husband to push me back up. The attendants at the site take the... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Back again after visiting at Easter. Still love the magical atmosphere of the castle. On arrival, not impressed with the staff that greeted us at admissions, everything seemed to be so much trouble. went on our merry way down to the castle (skipped the film, but anyone not been before, a must see) Picked a lovely day so enjoyed it... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The presentation about the castle and its history was really good, just try to go on a dry day as the walk around the castle is great.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We stayed in Inverness after driving from Glasgow past Loch Ness and the next day returned to Loch Ness to see this Castle. The fee was reasonable (about 8 GBP) for a quick video overview with a surprise ending that wowed the audience and opportunity to explore the castle site on your own. A gift shop and good restaurant was... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Like any historic site anywhere that holds your interest, a bit of prior knowledge makes the experience so much better. Even if you just read a bit on the net. Again this attraction was part of our 5 day historic pass purchased when at Edinburgh Castle. It was totally worth the visit for atmosphere alone. As previously mentioned there is... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The castle and all of its history is amazing and the views of Loch Ness were as gorgeous as we remembered from our honeymoon years ago. A great place to visit on your visit to the Scottish Highlands.

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Craigavon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately we did not get to visit the castle as we could not bring our dog in. Yes, it is advertised as no dogs allowed but on a hot day like it was that day, it would have been dangerous to leave the dog in the car. We did take a few photographs from the car-park of the castle overlooking... More

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