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Urquhart Castle

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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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A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
+44 1456 450551
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I have been visiting for about 25 years. Was one of the first to be amazed when the visitor centre opened. Castle is great, with brilliant work going on to piece it back together. One warning to Historic Scotland. This amazing jewel was partially ruined...More

Thank Ken B
Reviewed yesterday

Loved visiting what is left of the castle. Make sure you watch the video to understand what the castle meant and how it was used. So great to walk the grounds and feel the history.

Thank taurusthebull14
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Castle ruins and exhibits are well-preserved and well-curated. The visitor center shows a great movie explaining the history and you’ll get a spectacular view of the castle and Loch from there. We went in August and it was unpleasantly crowded with so many tourists....More

Thank tsctraveller
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You can see this Castle on the loch Ness tour lots of people visiting the Castle as we went past on our boat trip it was given to the Grant Clan a few hundred years ago but fell into dis repair after Clan left

Thank billyatpub
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit, a beautiful ruin to walk around and get a feel of the history but also such a perfect location. Absolutely beautiful setting with amazing views of the Loch and the Hills and what better way to do some Nessie spotting! You...More

Thank AshleaEmma
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A definite must visit for the highlands. We visited the castle in the evening when they were open late. Loads of parking which was great. Information video at the beginning was really good. The site of the castle is on the most beautiful spot and...More

Thank Rachel P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful scenery, well organised, friendly staff. Had a 18 month year old that we managed to navigate about with minimal effort.

Thank Jonathan L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Amazing wee day out and we got the weather for it which added to the experience. Enjoyable for all the family i definitely recommend visiting.

Thank kevinrW9033YP
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Urquhart Castle is well worth a visit, the introduction video, lasting 10 minutes, have an interesting insight to the history of the castle and those who lived there. There is plenty to see and the included live history lesson from a Scottish Knight was funny...More

Thank Ronnie D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Love how the ruins are nestled amongst rolling green hills just beside the Loch Ness. The price to scale the Grant Tower was a wee bit too high considering the view was not too different from that height vs the ground. You can skip that...More

Thank c c
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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!