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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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All reviews loch ness short film explorer pass gift shop historic scotland beautiful ruins introductory film interesting history visitor center beautiful location entrance fee information boards fantastic views well worth the visit sunny day boat tour tower
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Helpful staff..Beautiful surroundings. Join historic scotland and enter is free...Might be useful if your are going to Fort George.

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank Val P
Reviewed October 25, 2011

Sans touristes, en Octobre, arrivées dès l'ouverture, grand soleil... Que dire de plus...? Here we belong!! It definitely worth the visit... My advice (if the weather allows it) begin with the visit of the castle itself, and hope that the cars full of tourist start...More

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank Audrey L
Reviewed October 24, 2011

Castle on a beautiful location by the Loch. When you look for "nessie"? This is the place.

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank oftheroad
Reviewed October 23, 2011

We had a lovely visit, although we saw the film last, it would have made more sense if we'd watched it first.

Date of experience: September 2011
Thank SteveandJorun
Reviewed October 20, 2011

Always exceeds expectations with its dramatic multilingual AV presentation. From the dark ages to the present a good story, nice shop, good cafe and pleasent helpful staff. Awful busy in summer.

Date of experience: July 2011
Thank ScotLadd
Reviewed October 18, 2011

The view over Loch Ness was amazing, lots of steps up and down, no good if you are not able bodied. There are 11 ways to exit and enter the shop. The only way out is, yes you guessed it, through the shop, but the...More

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank susandingwall
Reviewed October 18, 2011

We found our visit more interesting and spent longer wandering around the ruins then we had anticipated. Do not miss the 8 minute introductory video presentation which set the scene for the rest of the visit. At the end of the video the screens open...More

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank Terry4
Reviewed October 17, 2011

Tremendous historical location. Very well organised - initially with a very informative film show (in multiple laguages if required). Nice display area with interactive map locator & models. Usual shopping area with a well organised & comfortable restaurant/cafe. The castle remains are well worth exploying...More

Date of experience: October 2011
Thank BigG99_10
Reviewed October 14, 2011

We were told this would be a little bland and not worth visiting, I am glad I don't listen and I find things out for myself because it was a gem of a visit. Great freiendly and helpful staff, great exhibits, a fantastic introduction to...More

Date of experience: July 2011
Thank Keith J
Reviewed October 11, 2011

We walked the two miles from Drumnadrochit along the side of the Loch and two children needed the toilet and 10 adults needed a coffee. Unfortunately you are not allowed in to the cafe or toilets without paying the entrance fee of £7.20! Surely you...More

Date of experience: October 2011
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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!
Travel Forum Posts
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