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“Cruise to Urquart”
Review of Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed September 2, 2012

We took the 2 hour cruise from the harbour opposite the Clansman Hotel which included visiting Urquhart castle. Worth the money - its a great castle with a fab history. Walk up the path to watch the film about it in the visitor centre first of all!

Thank Joanne M
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Historic castle in such a beautiful setting, thororghly enjoyed our visit. Only down side it took two visits to get a car parking space!

Thank Brenda G
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

The scenery is super. The location is great; right on the banks of Loch Ness. The short film was a great introduction. Good quality experience overall. If you are visiting Loch Ness Castle Urqhart is a must.

Thank Traditionaltraveller
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

One of my favorite ruins in all of Scotland. Sitting out on an outcropping in Loch Ness, guarding agaist the monster and other intruders, it is a magnificent sight. The tourist center was well done and worth the admission. Bring a camera.

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Reviewed August 31, 2012

We spent the whole morning in Urquhart Castle. A lot to explore and nice listening to the pipeplayer when a ship arrives. We had a great time on the Castle.

Thank Claudia G
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