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“Historic Ruin with rich history”
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 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing wee day out and we got the weather for it which added to the experience. Enjoyable for all the family i definitely recommend visiting.

Thank kevinrW9033YP
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Urquhart Castle is well worth a visit, the introduction video, lasting 10 minutes, have an interesting insight to the history of the castle and those who lived there. There is plenty to see and the included live history lesson from a Scottish Knight was funny and educational at the same time, what he did not know about ancient weapons was not worth knowing!! There was also a further guided tour of the castle that gave an excellent potted history of the site and surrounding area. Hight recommend a visit to this castle.

Thank Ronnie D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love how the ruins are nestled amongst rolling green hills just beside the Loch Ness. The price to scale the Grant Tower was a wee bit too high considering the view was not too different from that height vs the ground. You can skip that part if you are low on budget.

Thank rawreviewsbyc
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited in late September thinking most of the crowds would be down, but they were not. There are so many tours/buses to this location that I think it is likely crowded all year long. It is big enough where you don't feel cramped, but it is loud and you feel the crowds as you move through the narrow hallways/stairs inside the castle. That said, very nice views of the loch and many great photo opportunities inside. There is quite a bit of historical significance to the castle, so worth reading a bit before you go.

Thank traveler55112017
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunning views of Loch Ness. If you enjoy exploring the remains of a historic medieval castle -this is one place you should not take for "Granted". The guide from Historic Scotland gave an excellent 30 minute synopsis of what is known about Urquhart.

Thank citydoc2018
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