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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
Activities: Driving, Swimming, Group tours/bus tour
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... more » 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. « less
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
23 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Urquhart Castle has a new (10 years) and modern visitor centre that offers lots of information on the castle. It has a small exhibition and film plus all the facilities that you would expect including a cafe/restaurant. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

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Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful place to visit - great atmospheric ruins in a stunning location. Plenty of information panels to explain the castle's history which really helps to bring this place to life. Then the stunning views of Loch Ness all around. We visited on a dull day but that really helped to bring out the great atmosphere of the... More

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Was up here for a week, wedding in Aviemore. This site is a must visit. Outstanding views, emotional setting, site brilliantly set out with the visitors centre. A short film of the castle history to start and as the end music and screen went up, the back drop curtains open to show you the castle behind. Fab. Great cafe, super... More

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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The views where amazing the film was very interesting at the start, it was an amazing place and very informative a walk around the ruins was good with lots to look at

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Wrightwood, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We stopped on our way to Inverness and enjoyed walking around the castle ruins. There was quite a bit of info explaining the different ruins you were walking through, and there was a gorgeous view of Loch Ness. Definitely worth stopping to just take a wander around the grounds.

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Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Beautiful, stunning scenery. .. well worth the entrance fee. A short film is shown frequently giving the thousand year history of the castle and two tours are held daily. There is a cafe and gift shop and the walk out to the castle is well maintained. Mobility scooters are available for those who need it and some of the loch... More

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Los Angeles, California
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137 reviews 137 reviews
61 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

It is dilapidated on the outside and not worth the money going in. They set up a fence to make it hard to take pictures so they can try to make more money to go inside and see some broken walls.

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Coventry
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I wasn't expecting much - the castle just happened to be included on a tour I was doing of the area - but it was absolutely stunning. Castle ruins looking over the Loch, with informative boards throughout. If you are able, it is worth walking up the steps to the tower because the views are sensational. The staff in the... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

On the side of Loch Ness is this wonderful place. Doesn't just offer a great piece of Scottish history but also some truly stunning views. Besides all the interesting things to see and learn they have a film that they show you. I won't spoil it but make sure you go in and see this first and stayed seated at... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We stopped here on the way to Inverness. The weather was beautiful and it enhanced the lovely views of the castle and Loch Ness. We took a guided tour and the tour guide was very knowledgable. While waiting for the tour to begin we had tea and sandwiches on the patio overlooking the castle and grounds which was really relaxing.... More

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