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Urquhart Castle

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Address: A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
Phone Number: 441456450551
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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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Castle on Loch Ness well worth a visit

We arrived at Urquhart Castle just after noon on a Sunday. The parking lot was almost full but the attendant directed us toward a space. Admission to the castle is included in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you've visited other castles this would be a let down. The views of the loch are what make it worth visiting. The castle itself isn't worth spending more than an hour or so.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived at Urquhart Castle just after noon on a Sunday. The parking lot was almost full but the attendant directed us toward a space. Admission to the castle is included in the Historic Scotland membership. We were able to enter the Visitor Center through the members entrance which allows you to avoid the general admission line. The introductory video... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to visit if you happen do drive along the Loch Ness. The tour starts with an optional but recommended short video presentation of the castle's history. Then outdoor visit. Great views of the lake!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although this is a very busy tourist bus stop with all of the large crowds that come with it, take a moment to consider the history of this place. The grounds and the views of Loch Ness are just amazing.Even during the rain storm while we were there, there is so much to see. If you are able to walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent a few hours at the castle learning about the history and enjoying the amazing views of the loch. Although there's now much left of the castle it's still a must see when touring the loch

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a special place, the views are amazing, absolutely beautiful! Breathtaking, gorgeous, unbelievable, WOW!

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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always heaving with people cars and coaches on a huge multi levelled car park in to the hill, not multi-storey, there is an information centre as well as the ruin. Lots of interesting facts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Travelled back to Scotland where I was born, never had the experience of visiting the castle or loch NESS itself, professional and knowledgeable staff in attendance, coffee shop. Selling beautiful coffee home-made cake and scones, this place is a must see for not just overseas visitors but Scots also

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of my best friends back home in Canada is a Durward so I had to stop and see his family castle! Some interesting ruins to explore and good photo ops on the grounds. Try to visit when the crowds are smaller as it gets a bit jammed with bus tourists. Watch the short movie.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A good place to visit - Very sceanic - History well presented with a film and a display of finds. Castle fun to walk round and explore. Guided tours are available if the are wanted (not needed however)

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