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Urquhart Castle

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 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 yesterday via mobile

A truly beautiful castle set on the banks of the breathtakingly beautiful Loch Ness. The visitors centre was really well stocked and the short (8 minute) film was incredibly informative and a great way to introduce the castle and its past. The cafe was to...More

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

Loved looking around here lots of great views and great for little ones as well. Good to read about the history, we ran out of time on our tour to see the film but not disappointed as the scenery was stunning and preferred to be...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Carmen B
Reviewed 5 days ago

As the main reason we braved the winter cold and rain in Scotland was to see Nessie, we made our way to the Urquhnart Castle. What an experience! See the movie first then take a tour with a guide - our guide was amazing, informative...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Piper58
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

These castle ruins are stunning. First, you go down a staircase to the little shop and watch a film about the history of the castle (DO NOT SKIP THE FILM), with a very awesome ending (no spoilers).. After the film, you are free to roam...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank katywithay86
Reviewed 6 days ago

Really impressed with this attraction on the banks of Loch Ness. Once you've purchased your ticket you descend to the gift shop and cafe and there is a cinema showing a brief film on the history of the castle which is very interesting. Next, and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Robsyd1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The views at this location are simply stunning! When we arrived there was the classical low drifting mist over the Loch which lingered for just a few hours but enough time for us to capture some gorgeous pictures. They have a giant trebuchet (not in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank B C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at Urquhart castle at 3:40, unaware that it closed at 4pm! The young gent explained how he would recommend at least 45 minutes to walk around, yet with us leaving the next day we decided to chance it. The castle, it’s grounds and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tt_amber
Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming from America, seeing these castle ruins really brought to perspective how rich in history Scotland is. I enjoyed learning about the impregnable fortress during our Loch Ness boat tour. We had about an hour to spend before being picked back up, which gave us...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Darcy W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at Castle Urquhart on our way south from Inverness and we are glad we did. The castle grounds are well maintained and easily accessible on foot. It is very pretty and we took plenty of photos. It also wasnt to crowded (probably because...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Hannah G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like that the caretakers of Urquhart left in its "natural" untouched-up state. It somehow fits the rugged landscape and position alongside Loch Ness, and leaves a very rustic, authentic feel to the castle. The long spiral staircase down from the ticketing office to the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Stacy B
July 15, 2018|
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Response from kathyquilts3436 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I recommend that you start your day early as he would anytime you’re traveling. Urquhart Castle has a lot to see and places to wander. The scenery is magnificent. Now close by is The Loch Ness exhibit for you to visit... More
April 25, 2018|
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Response from AlexiRae7 | Reviewed this property |
My partner and I felt we had plenty of time in the castle and were there for less than an hour (including the movie) - you won't regret a longer cruise!
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Day Trip (2 Replies)
I am thinking of doing a day trip to Inverness from London using Easy Jet. Is there a way to get to Urquhart Castle from airport and back? I would hate to rent a car for such a small trip. Any thoughts? Thanks
March 04, 2017|
Response fromHighlandscots|
A rented car from the airport would be the quickest and maybe cheaper as well. Go past culloden battlefield on your way back to the airport.
Detroit, Michigan
Holiday Planning Assistance, Please! (2 Replies)
Hi Everyone, I'm headed to London on business in mid-October. I've talked my boss into letting me add on 3 vacation days before returning home and I'd like to spend that time in Scotland. I'll (only) have 4 full days to take in the sights & experiences of Scotland -- not enough I know, but I'll have to make the best of my short time. Here's the deal - I have an idea of some of the things I want to do, but am unsure on how to best go about them. e.g. I'm set to fly home from...More
September 23, 2007|
Response fromlindadennis|
I know you Yanks like to do Europe in a week but I would say you won't get the best out of a trip to Scotland by spending so much time in a car. The roads are nothing like you have in the states a lot of these places are one track roads and you will not be able to see much because of the travelling. Try this: Fly to Edinburgh get hotel and do your sightseeing in Edinburgh if you think you've seen enough after one day. Hire a car travel north to Falkirk go to the Falkirk wheel (look it up on...More
Kingsport, Tennessee
Itinerary help (7 Replies)
We’re visiting Scotland the end of May with an adult son and his wife. Interests include distilleries, castle, historic landmarks, food, lots of walking but no hiking boots. Travel agent/friend of daughter-in-law laid out itinerary but seems awkward and lacks downtime for poking into localities so very open to suggestions. Plane tickets already purchased. We plan to spend 2 nights Glasgow, drive to Inverness via Edradour distillery, Queen’s View and Dalwhinnie distillery, 2 nights in...More
December 14, 2016|
Response fromedinem|
I can't read it written out like this but at a first glance it does indeed look like a lot of travelling around and not a lot of down time. 2 nights somewhere tends to mean 1 full day with travel days either side and you look like you've got a lot of that. You need to write it out by days (not nights), include arrival times and departure times / time to get to/from airports, collect & return hire cars etc, and your driving times between bases. Then you will get a clearer picture of...More