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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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An atmospheric ruin overlooking the dark waters of Loch Ness, this dramatic...

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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We heard about it, we wanted to see it, it was amazing…. There's a great short film about the castle that you should see before walking down to the castle itself. There is a tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We heard about it, we wanted to see it, it was amazing…. There's a great short film about the castle that you should see before walking down to the castle itself. There is a tour guide but we decided to wander around ourselves. But, we did chat with the tour guide, Andy. He's awesome! My advice is to go around... More 

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Thank therealstarstar
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Finally got around to a visit whilst on a tour around loch Ness. great history, lots to see. Good visitors centre with cafe, and gift shop. was very busy and parking differcult so get there early to avoid the international tourists

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Thank Carris1975
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Castle was well worth the cash could get inside no bother and plenty of photo opportunities. Plenty of info on the castle and lovely scenery too look at. Well worth it!

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Thank unhappy12345677
San Diego, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the serenity and beauty of this location. We didn't take the boat ride but the journey there was well worth it, just to see the views and enjoy the fresh air. The castle is directly on Loch Ness and though in ruins it is well maintained and there is lots to read about the history of the location.... More 

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Thank Mike L
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped here at the Ruins of Urqhart Castle, this wasn't too clear before paying for entrance, the quality of the Film they show'd gave an excellent and entertaining introduction to the history of the castle, it was a bit disappointing that it was ruins. A nice walk, and although ruins you can go up a tower and along some... More 

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Thank Wessex-Viking
Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got here for bang on opening time so had the whole castle to ourselves. Started off by watching a video on the history of the castle and how the castle came to be ruins. Free tours through the day and set against the Loch Ness it's very picturesque. Without realising exactly what the castle was, you go down under... More 

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Thank tottielou
Motta Sant'Anastasia, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great castle for getting a feel for how life used to be in Scotland. Very scenic and a wonderful hike around the grounds. Highly recommend.

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London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is really more ruins than castle. We had a three-day historic pass and this was our third castle visit using the pass. I am not certain I would have chosen to visit the castle on its own merit. I have a daughter named 'Nessie' and we were travelling to the Isle of Skye, so we planned a little detour... More 

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Thank What2DoNext
Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very picturesque castle on the bank of loch nessthe ruins are interesting, but we thought the views were the best part of the visit.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited the castle on a trip to Inverness and found it mesmerising. The history is fascinating and well presented with easy to read signs and a guide book, which we paid for, although there is a free leaflet that is useful and interesting too. The ruins are beautifully perched on the banks of Loch Ness presenting... More 

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