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“Urquhart Castle, must visit”
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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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Saratoga, California
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Urquhart Castle, must visit”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Can't miss the amazing castle on the Loch Ness. Lots of room to explore, great exhibits/museum and beautiful views of Loch Ness.

Visited November 2012
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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“Interesting, in a beautiful location but too expensive”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Negatives aside, this is a beautiful old ruin set in truly stunning surroundings on the bank of Loch Ness and could have easily taken up a few rolls of 35mm film. However, it would have been better to have been left alone, free of Scottish Heritage 'improvements'. The £7.50 fee is far too high for what is on offer and with the vastly over-priced gift shop it has the impression of solely being a tourist cash cow as opposed to an important historical location. There was a scarf priced at £80, yet the exact same scarf was priced at £34 in the Nessieland shop.

Visited October 2013
Thank Stuart H
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Denver, Colorado
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“Historic castle in ruins, informative visitor center and films”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

You should include a visit to Urquhart Castle in your visit to the sights on Loch Ness. The castle itself is in ruins, but you can wander among the parts that still stand and plaques describe what the areas were used for. When we were there, a lone bagpiper played in the castle area. A large replica trebuchet stands in front of the castle and a quirky film playing in the visitor center shows how long it took for several people to destroy a small building with a trebuchet. Displays also describe the hierarchy of staff within a castle and the tasks expected of certain types of servants and the roles of the nobility. The short informative film tells the history of this castle. The entrance fee for Urquhart is included if you purchase the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass that can be used over 7 days (or different days depending on your selection) and it also includes Edinburgh and Stirling Castles. It appeared that the parking lot can fill up during peak times and alternative parking would be difficult.

Visited August 2013
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Most Fantastic visitor attraction”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

This was my wife and I first visit even though we are local we live in Inverness, very informative visual display providing the history of the castle and how it was evenually destroyed.

Visited November 2012
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Scotland, UK
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“Beautiful Scenery”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Beautiful scenery and the history was well set out. Nice coffee shop and gift shop (less tacky than some we visited.

Visited October 2013
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