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Urquhart Castle

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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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9:30 am - 3:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 3:45 pm

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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Interesting place to visit with lot's of information on the history.

Visited on a cold rainy day but enjoyed wandering the site. There is a visitor centre you enter first and watch a short film covering the history of the castle and and short... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
London, UK
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London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited on a cold rainy day but enjoyed wandering the site. There is a visitor centre you enter first and watch a short film covering the history of the castle and and short exhibition showing some of the artefacts that had been found on site. Following this you are free to wander the site at your own leisure. Great view... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The view is so magnificent from here- even on a moody Scottish winters day that You'll want to justify spending the time looking at it by saying that you're monster hunting...or is that just me. While we didn't see the Loch Ness monster (I know, surprise, right?) we did learn heaps about the castle brought to life brilliantly by the... More 

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Farmington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited this winter. The staff were extremely knowledgable and answered all of my sons (6) questions. Upon entering they gave him a fact sheet to fill out which he found very interesting. The views were spectacular and we all thoroughly enjoyed both the ruins and visitor center.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It's a great ruin, with a nice little video before you go visit so you know some of the history. It's a very touristy location so lots of people, but the Castle itself is pretty impressive with lovely views and lots of picture spots. Overall, a nice place for a visit.

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Ballarat, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped at Urquhart Castle on a wet November day. It is a lovely scenic spot and is perfect for photos of Loch Ness. The attraction itself is well run and maintained with a helpful video at the beginning and plenty of information signs around the ruins. We had a nice stop there but it probably wasn't for more than... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wanted to visit the day before in the late afternoon but it was closed, which disappointed us and about 50 other people. Visited the next day and was surprised how long it takes to get around. The theatre is a must see and you must stay to the end. Easy to imagine what it must have looked like and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great ruin, absolutely fabulous, we had a nice day for a visit, got there by Car, and spent a good few hours, etc, great

Konstanz, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the castle together with the Freedom Tour of Jacobite Cruises. It was a nice walk around the medium sized castle/ruin with all places accessible despite the earlier heavy rain. The visitor center provides artifacts found in the castle and shows a small film about the history of the castle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The scenery is stunning, the surroundings of the castle are picturesque to say the least. The castle itself was great, so informative, our two kids ages 7 + 9 loved it and learned so much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful, well maintained site. We even got to see a rainbow! The gift shop had a large varied offering of tourist goods.

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