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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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Amazing Castle on the Shore of Loch Ness

The castle and surroundings are very impressive even though the castle is in ruins after years of being under siege and battles. Don't be put off as this castle has a rich and... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The castle and surroundings are very impressive even though the castle is in ruins after years of being under siege and battles. Don't be put off as this castle has a rich and long history to tell. The views from the castle over Loch Ness are also an amazing feature, one not to be missed.The cafe on site is welcoming... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited several castles, but this one was extra-special to my husband because his family roots are here.....the Urquarts came to Maine in the 1600s from Scotland, changing their name to Orcutt as the generations passed. LOTS of walking and stairs here.....so be warned about that. We approached the castle by the loch, just as many others have through the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a truly fantastic place to visit. The castle in itself is very small and apart from its history does not have much to offer but the nearby view of loch ness and range of mountains is truly amazing. We stayed there for around an hour and a half and most of the time, I was looking around the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The castle was impressive for ruins and the location was spectacular, well worth visiting. There were docents there to answer questions and demonstrations of old battle techniques. There were plenty of signs, too, so that you didn't really need a guide. I did miss seeing the video up at the visitor's center but my friends told me that I missed... More 

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Bremen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The castle is situated in a very beautiful location on the shore of Loch Ness. It can be easily reached by bus from Inverness. We took part on the free guided tour, which was very interesting and mainly about the history of the castle and living there in the past. Afterwards we watched a demonstration of the armour and weapons.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately our view was from the road as the car park was full and having visited when I was a child I doubt much has changed in 30 years 😁

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Castle ruins on the lake of Loc Ness with alot of history. If your into castles well you must come here and see it. Alot of parking but also alot of tourist and tour buses get there early. You get a introductory film about the history of the castle then get to walk on the grounds.Not my favourite castle in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited this amazing Castle with my friends after a tour in Loch Ness. It has an amazing view on the lake and easy to walk around it up and down. it might not be very easy for baby trollies because of the stairs. Once you reach to the castle the view will charm you specially if it was a bit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A must see before, during or after your Loch Ness cruise. The ruins and the history are so interesting. You can walk all through the ruins and the photos from the tower are wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A pictorial place with lovely views. A nice walk around. The short film gives the historic background of the place. Very crowded but still worth visiting. To park you have to wait for someone to leave. It takes a while.

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