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Urquhart Castle

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Discover 1,000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life and enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands. Climb the Grant Tower that watches over the iconic loch, peer into a miserable...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
+44 1456 450551
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The video history in the visitor centre is a must watch. Early morning is the best time before the crowds arrive. We got there just after opening and it was already very busy or so I thought. By the time we left, there were hundreds...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The castle was part of a broader tour that included Loch Ness. Though in ruins, it was beautiful to me and a pleasure to photograph.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It was raining, and windy, and not worth the work to go out. But we did. The gift shop was doing a brisk business with some nice things. There didn't seem to be much effort made to really humanize the people who inhabited the castle.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Cat M
Reviewed 4 days ago

The castle is mainly in ruins, but the information boards were very informative, and gave an insight into the history of the place. There is a film on the background which was very interesting. We went on the free guided tour included in the ticket,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank brit933
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

On the historic Scotland pass. Free entry with it. Great for sunrise. Excellent ruins. More than I expected. Right on loch Ness

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank brianinboca
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stopped at Urquhart on the way from Fort William to Inverness. Since we had a "castle visit pass" (among others with access to Stirling and to Edinburgh Castle), we walked through the "ruins" (castle is a bit overstated in comparison to the other two...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank swissami19
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I was there on a lovely sunny day. The views of the castle and the loch were incredible. A must see if you are in the area.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time we visited a “ruin”. Didn’t expect a lot before the visit. However, during the visit, we liked this castle. The view is very spectacular and unique. We can see the lake at different angles.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Alex_NYorker
Reviewed 1 week ago

The visit was interesting, but a little underwhelming. The film at the start was quite interesting and really shaped the history of the place. Lots of tourists, but that is to be expected. Some parts are accessible for people who are less mobile, but there...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Marie v
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The sad ruins of a mighty castle teeming with history and the yo-yo tussles between the English and Scots. The visitor centre is impressive and the walkways are nicely done, wheelchair friendly where it is possible. A great location next to Loch Ness. A long...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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July 29, 2019|
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Response from ikadri123 | Reviewed this property |
I would give them a call as I don’t think prebooking would be required, Just turn up on the day.
July 14, 2019|
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Response from Allison H | Reviewed this property |
No, but the visitor’s center or gift shop might be able to help.
February 24, 2019|
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