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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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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Visited here after doing the Loch Ness exhibition, was amazing to learn the history of it and to walk around it. Even paddled my feet in Loch Ness what a experience staff are very helpful and groundsman/maintenance worker was very talkative about he aircraft flying in the area also 10/10

Visited October 2012
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Launceston, Australia
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“Great views”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

I spent a morning here exploring the ruins and grounds, taking photos and browsing the gift shop. I found the history so interesting and the scenery amazingly beautiful - a wonderful peaceful place. Be sure to watch the short film before exploring the castle ruins.

Visited April 2012
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Leave plenty time for your visit”
Reviewed January 17, 2013 via mobile

Went to Urquhart Castle on a frosty January morning. Amazing place with great exhibitions and amazing views over Loch Ness.

We were there for one and a half hours, which was not long enough but we had to leave as the castle closed at 4.

Would advise anyone thinking of coming here to go to culloden battlefield first if you have the chance as it all links in together.

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Auckland, NZ
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“Great ruin beside Loch Ness”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

The ruins of Castle Urquhart are about 2 miles south west of Drumnadrochit on the road from Inverness to Fort William. They are accessed through a visitors' centre which has been constructed above the ruins themselves and are part of a series of heritage sites that are available for concessional entry fee. The staff at the centre were very helpful in explaining the advantages of that concession.

The visitors centre contains helpful reconstructions of the castle and a short film runs periodically to introduce the history of the castle. Tours can be arranged but this is essentially a "walk and see" experience. You access the ruins down a long sloping path past a reproduction of a medieval trebuchet siege machine and then proceed through the ruin gates to the remains of the castle themselves. The ruins of one tower to the north of the site allow a fabulous view over and up Loch Ness and, especially with the light dimming, this can be very evocative.

This is a popular site so the car park can be congested especially if several tour buses arrive at the same time. Best to plan the visit for earlier or later in the day (though be careful with the closure time).

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting castle on Loch Ness”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

We arrived here via Jacobite cruises on a cold winter's day. Thankfully the castle has a welcome visitors centre where you can stay warm and buy food and drink. Also the visitor's centre has a 8 minute film clip giving a history of the castle. The castle grounds has a trebuchet although there is no history of the use of a trebuchet at the castle (according to the accompanying information board). Like many Scottish castles, Urquhart is in ruins having been destroyed following the Dutch army's invasion of Britain in 1688. There are plenty of information boards around the ruins so it is easy to get an appreciation of what was located where all those years ago. Finally congrtualtions must go to the people who created the cinema and film. There is a well though out climax to this which I won't spoil by going into detail here.

Visited January 2013
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