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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, Cultural
Activities: Driving, Group tours/bus tour, Swimming
Owner description: An atmospheric ruin overlooking the dark waters of Loch Ness, this dramatic castle has a long and...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Driving, Group tours/bus tour, Swimming
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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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Toowoomba
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

We were fortunate enough to visit the castle at a quiet time - just before and during sunrise on 23/12. The staff member at the castle (Stuart) was incredibly friendly and, as we were the only visitors for about half an hour, took the time to tell us about some of the history of the castle and of the site.... More 

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Sanshurst
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6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

We are currently holidaying in Scotland and visited the castle yesterday. Our main intention was to visit Loch Ness and we were advised that our best view of the Loch would be to head towards Urquhart Castle. Firstly, in a day of ever decreasing standards of good politeness, it is a breath of fresh air, to come across the guy... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Rainy day when I went unfortunately. Was staying in Drumnadrochit and the buses in January weren't too often. I was walking the great glen way so walking the 3km from town didn't really appeal funnily enough. Still nice to visit, but if didn't really feel the need to spend more than an hour here. Awesome gift shop.

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George Town, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The ruins of Urquhart Castle perched on the banks of Loch Ness near the village of Drumnadrochit is one of the most picturesque iconic landmarks in Scotland. My family is lucky enough not to miss this must-see attraction as the visit to Urquhart Castle forms part of Jacobite Cruise Freedom Tour of Loch Ness. Climb up the castle tower for... More 

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I am a member of Historic Scotland and have been to Urquhart Castle on a few occasions. I visited again on the 8th December and had a great tour of the castle by Graham Fraser. Graham's knowledge and professionalism was first class and made up 5th trip even more interesting. Overall the Historic Scotland staff really do their best to... More 

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Coos Bay, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I am a sucker for ruins and this one was lovely. If nothing else the setting is magnificent and awing. The grounds are wonderful to walk around and I would recommend taking the time to visit.

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

My partner and myself where staying in aviemore and came up to see this castle she's been afore as a kid a really wanted to see it but when we got their they've put a toll both up and a think it was around £22 for the both of us to enter what was rubbish seeing as it used to... More 

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ByHistoricScotland, Manager at Urquhart Castle, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks for taking the time to review Urquhart Castle - sorry to hear your external visit did not meet your expectations or that you did not enter the site, it is a very rewarding experience, as many other tripadvisors have found. The admission costs for Urquhart Castle are regularly reviewed to ensure value for money - our admission cost... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We were driving around and saw this castle. I was amazed at its beauty and surprised that I had never heard of it before. It is not as expensive as other Castles in Scotland but it's truly the best. Don't miss this hidden gem!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

One of the most beautiful castles I have visited. Very good location, not far from Inverness, and very good services. The entrance is through the admission office at the car park, you then descend the stairs and enter the shop/restaurant area. There is a small cinema showing a movie about castle history, but the much more interesting is the castle... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This is a must 'do' if visiting the area. It is well presented and interpreted. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, above all proud of their attraction. The views are marvelous too as you would perhaps expect for this part of the United Kingdom.

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