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Urquhart Castle

Address: 2 mi southeast of Drumnadrochit on A82, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)1456 450 551
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Group tours/bus tour, Swimming
Owner description: An atmospheric ruin overlooking the dark waters of Loch Ness, this...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Group tours/bus tour, Swimming
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 3:45 pm
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.
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Haven't been here for years so was very impressed. The visitor reception area is good and the short video on the history was very informative with a very pleasant surprise at the end! It was very cold and wet on the day that we visited yet we were still at the castle for a good couple of hours as it... More 

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Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New Guinea
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The view looking toward the castle ruins and Loch Ness are breathtaking! There is so much history associated with this castle and not all of it positive. The castle is in ruins but what remains is well maintained and the views from here are very good. Well worth a visit as part of one or two day tour from Glasgow.

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Turku, Finland
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Castle may be in ruins, but the premises are well kept, plenty of information boards available to share the details of the old buildings, good access to the remaining rooms. The info center plays very nice 8 minute video about the history of the castle, can be watched before or after the visit.

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New Jersey
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6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The location of the castle and the views it affords of the Loch were of more interest to me than the history behind it. For the history buffs, however, there are plenty of interpretive plaques positioned around the castle describing its history in detail along with a short film in the visitors center. There is a fair bit of walking... More 

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Roskilde, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Nice ruined castle on the lake. It is a place that you can feel the history and definetely must go if are into castles and history.

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Brampton, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Not to be missed! Our entire family enjoyed our visit here! There's so much history here and so many photo opportunities. The staff was also very informative and helpful. There's a short film at the beginning and you can browse the shop before and/or after your self tour. Even the kids enjoyed all the exploring at these ruins. Allow 1-3... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

Easy to get to from Inverness by bus or ferry. Grounds are immaculate! For anybody who loves Scottish history it is a must.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Much of the castle itself has long since been destroyed, but it's well worth a visit for the spectacular view over Loch Ness. There's a short film you can watch before (or after) heading down to the castle from the visitor center. It gives an interesting bit of both local and national history. Also, the cafe happens to serve really... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

You can see the whole castle from an overlook spot above the visitor's center. There is no need to buy a ticket to go into the castle. It is a ruined castle and unless you really like castles you can see everything from this overlook or other overlook spots that are on the lake near to the castle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

You have been looking at these ruins in many of the Nessie films made over the years. The setting is beautiful and the ruins are fun to explore.

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