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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 November 12, 2012

We shared many fun steps and smiles on these ruins, the history that this was part of was awe inspiring.
The presentation and interpretation was expert and the facility offered convenient snacks for the wet and weary trip advisors.
Thanks for keeping and sharing Scotland's history!

Thank WmnAud
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Well worth a visit. And you have a great vantage point for Loch Ness, while avoiding the midges we met on trying to have a picnic on the lake shore! Usual sort of price for a site of this sort, but it seemed worth it all round, unlike some. It was not a great day when we visited, but still worth it.
Classic site for a castle with commanding views on the banks of the Loch. Once an impressive stronghold linked to all important aspects of Scotish history, despite its present ruinous (but safe) state. Still has a ruined tower house that you can go up, commanding splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen.

Thank Tessaanddennis
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

The movie was great to understand the ruins. I wasn't all that interested in seeing more castle ruins but the castle has such a great story that I'm glad we stopped to have a look.

Thank Luv2RoamAround
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

A very beautiful and quiet area that we discovered in the sun.
Perfect The views on the loch are breathtaking and we enjoyed the visit

Thank soamaille
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The ride on Loch Ness included a close-up view of the castle ruins, giving a whole new perspective of the castle.

Thank MstrLN0871
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