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Urquhart Castle

A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
+44 1456 450551
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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 prison cell, said to have held the legendary Gaelic bard Domhnall Donn, and imagine the splendid banquets staged in the great hall. A more comfortable view of the iconic ruins, against a backdrop of Loch Ness and the hills of the Great Glen, can be enjoyed from the café. Urquhart’s stories are also told through a remarkable collection of artefacts left by its residents, historic replicas, including a full-sized, working trebuchet siege engine, and a short film. The castle has a distinctly Highland heritage and the site has witnessed some of the most dramatic chapters in our nation’s history. This is where St Columba is said to have worked miracles in the 6th century, where acts of chivalry and defiance provided inspiration during the Wars of Independence and where the MacDonald Lords of the Isles struggled with the Crown for power.
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A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We got to the castle not long before it closed so we didn’t pay to walk down to see it, we literally took pictures from the top. I’m glad we took a drive there but with three under 5 it would’ve been quite expensive to...More

Thank Jojolambrou
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great half day out here. Historic Scotland site, and have to pay to get in(even to the cafe). Stunning views of the loch and very interesting history. Can tell a lot of thought has gone in to the attraction and reflecting its history.

Thank James C
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was taken on a surprise day out by our friends we were visiting for the weekend. Boat trip was great, perfect weather and the castle is definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was our favorite castle on our castle driving tour of Scotland, just south of Inverness. The castle is located in a fantastic setting on the shores of the very famous Loch Ness. Recommend the Visitor center film, which helps to understand the complex history...More

Thank FLORIDAJUDE
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Myself, husband and 2 son's (8 and 12) went on the boat trip around Loch Ness (definitely worth it) and then visited the castle. We have the historic scotland pass, so fast tracked straight through. This must have been a magnificent castle in it's day,...More

Thank FiRuss
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous place to visit with the most amazing views of Loch Ness. Well worth a visit if your in the area.

Thank alan h
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing situation, good visitor centre/intepretation. My wife and two boys spent about four hours, and were fascinated. The Historic Scotland staff were most informative, and not trotting out the clichéd jokes or half-true romantic factoids that you sometimes find. Excellent visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pros: Beautiful ruins with a really beautiful backdrop on a sunny day. Reasonably priced shop. Cons: Absolutely hoaching with tourists! Not for anyone who likes their personal space or gets irritated by ill mannered/jostly people. Inadequate parking. Not much on the information front, more of...More

Thank Afboarei
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located in a fantastic setting on the shores of the very famous Loch Ness. Not much left of the castle really. I think it is pricey for what you get but there is something about this place that draws you in.

Thank GavinUrquhart
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having seen quite a few castles we decided to not go in this castle. However, you can get quite a good view of it overseeing Loch Ness from the parking area, just to see its form and presence at the seaside. Will have to come...More

Thank Kjetil S
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alicekyy1
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Response from Carmel N | Reviewed this property |
You can take a cruise that drops you off at Urquart Castle then you can walk around at your own pace then return on the boat when convenient to you. We did the Castle separately as we had a car & the boat separately without... More
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GWYNETHY
November 24, 2017|
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Response from ScottishWildBoar | Reviewed this property |
Parking for coaches is free. About visitor centre look on website or give a call
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jkalisek
September 12, 2017|
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Response from Jonathan B | Reviewed this property |
Hi There, May will be the start of summer in Scotland, so there should be plenty of green to be seen! Enjoy your trip!!
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