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“Beautiful experience”
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Urquhart Castle
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Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise including Urquhart Castle
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: An atmospheric ruin overlooking the dark waters of Loch Ness, this dramatic castle has a long and bloody history. Once one of Scotland's mightiest strongholds, Urquhart's strategic location gave it a key role in the Scottish battle for independence. It came under the control of Robert the Bruce before a 150-year power struggle between the Stewart dynasty and the MacDonald Lords of the Isles.
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Melbourne, Australia
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Beautiful experience”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

The castle is stunning and the experience lives up to the hype! Unlike most of the fake 'restored' castles, Urquhart Castle has been pretty much left alone, giving you a real sense of what the original layout and feel would have been like.

Visited March 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 400 helpful votes
“Pretty Cool Ruins”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

We visited here, not having the time to go out and see the Blarney Castle which is a ways by bus, so we took the local express to this one. Didn't see the film, didn't know about it, but walked around the castle grounds anyway. The only thing that was bad was the walk along a very busy, curving road with no shoulder to get to it. It's about half a mile from the bus stop and people drive like (fill in adjective here) around that area. I was holding my breath the entire time we walked along that road coming and going. If you can get there safely, it's well worth it.

Visited March 2014
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Cape Coral, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Surprisingly informative”
Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

You would think just looking at the ruins from a distance is enough. When you head into the visitor center, you will see a short film preparing you with the history of the castle, then entering the ruins is a complete surprise. Room after room is visualized and you look through the castle windows at the Loch Ness. I particularly liked the displays next to the theatre full of reproductions and artifacts.

Visited March 2014
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Dillingham, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Brings imagination alive!”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

Definitely worth a visit. The castle is in ruins, but after a short video you can walk around the ruins. The views of the loch is stunning and it is easy to see why a castle was built here. Suitable for all ages. We toured the ruins and then met a cruise boat at the nearby dock to continue on our journey of searching for the Loch Ness.

Visited June 2013
Thank Janice H
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

One of the best ever ruins I have visited. The views of and from this castle are second to none. A great day out for everyone, be you a child, adolescent, couple or single.

Visited March 2014
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