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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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The loch looks amazing and the castle is impressive. The wee film is worth watching definitely. nice gift shop and wee cafe.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Beverwijk, The Netherlands
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

After an amazing ride from Inverness to this castle via the A82, you arrive at a parking place which has small walls and bushes on top that. When you're there in summer, they will mostly hide the view on the castle ruins, im sure. But if you go there early spring, you can make amazing pictures of the castle without... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The loch looks amazing and the castle is impressive. The wee film is worth watching definitely. nice gift shop and wee cafe.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

One of my favourite castles in Scotland - though the castle itself is now mostly ruins, the visitor centre is excellent and you can't beat the views overlooking Loch Ness. A must if you are in the area, and tickets are reasonably priced. Great photo opportunities and lots of interesting information about the castle's past. I wouldn't say there is... More 

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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

One of the best places to get stunning views of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle is an interesting place to visit. It begins with a video that explains the history of the castle, and then the curtains are opened to show the castle. This was a good way to start as it set the scene. Visitors are then free to roam... More 

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doncaster
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Travelled here today, on a glorious day weather wise. We took our son, who is confined to a wheelchair, absolutely fabulous courteous staff, who could not do enough, to ensure he was well taken care off. Hospitality at its best. Urquart castle itself was stunning, especially liked the short talk before hand, then the stunning view, when the curtains opened.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

A wonderful castle with lots to explore for the children. The castle had beautiful views of loch Ness but Nessie the monster was no where to be seen. Lovely friendly staff with a great deal of knowldge. The short film was worth seeing before going down to see the castle. A great day out!

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Wonderful castle on the shores of Loch Ness with absolutely stunning views. It looks like a fairytale landscape. It's difficult to get there if you are not travelling by car, but it definitely worth the trip. Apart from the views, the castle has a very interesting history, all of it very well explained on the wall panels. If you are... More 

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Beautiful castle on the shore of loch Ness with gorgeous views of the loch and surrounding areas. Very informative visitors centre with a small shop and cafe serving decent value food and drinks, lovely to walk round and the not very able (non walkers) are able to borrow a mobility scooter (for free) to go round some of the ruins.... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

In addition to this being a spectacular ruin in a spectacular setting, the facilities and information are great and the staff are really pleasant and helpful. Everything is very neat and tidy and clean and the cafe & gift shop are well catered for. The toilets in the entrance building are clean. Free guided tours are available and there is... More 

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Pico Rivera, California
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The castle ruins make for a wonderful stop overlooking Loch Ness. It has a grand history dating back over 1,000 years. You can explore all the ruins and imagine what it was like living off of the lake. Wonderful narration along the way with signs. They also offer guides to teach you about the background of the castle. Don't miss... More 

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