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“A must see castle stop”
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 February 18, 2014

We totally enjoyed our tour of the Urquhart Castle. It was very cold and windy while we were there but well worth the time and effort. There is lots of history in this area and the views from the castle were spectacular.

Thank golferkay
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

lots of history, great attraction and stunning views a must for anyone visiting the area. The staff were exceptionally helpful and knowledgable, The guy my husband spoke to was from Wootton Bassett, up the road from where we live :)

Thank psychicempress
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

had a great experience visiting here with my grandsons ,,,,, well set out and such a lot of history the kids where enthralled and I was impressed ,,, the staff were very helpful even the workman put my coffee cup in the bin for me (thanks xx) ,,,,,,,,,,,,, felt proud to be Scottish ,,, but all the staff were English ,,, what's that all about ??? would go again

Thank berniegillespie
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Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

Our recent visit was on a dull rainy day, but it made no difference, there was too much majestic scenery to keep us occupied! I must agree with others, the film at the beginning, is unmissable and well worth a watch. The staff were also very happy and made themselves available, both informative and to give us any extra information required to find our way round. We really wanted to go to this castle, and despite the weather, we had a fantastic time.

Thank Winnifrid
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Urquhart castle Scotland !! Sadly we were NOT ALLOWED IN !! WHY ??? THEY WERE NOT PUPPY FRIENDLY , IT Was A Remains of a castle !!! Beautiful place , Sadly Disappointing they would not allow our miniature Yorkshire terrier to visit with us, she is part of the family , We could not leave in a car , I would understand some people don't clean up after there pet's BUT we do , We traveled 500 mile's to visit wonderful Scotland & We can't visit place's like this

Thank 123tweats8
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