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“Beautiful scenic view of Loch Ness and Castle ruins”
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

The Castle ruins and exhibits are well-preserved and well-curated. The visitor center shows a great movie explaining the history and you’ll get a spectacular view of the castle and Loch from there. We went in
August and it was unpleasantly crowded with so many tourists. If you can tolerate that, I would skip and enjoy many other beautiful sites around Inverness!

Thank tsctraveller
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can see this Castle on the loch Ness tour lots of people visiting the Castle as we went past on our boat trip it was given to the Grant Clan a few hundred years ago but fell into dis repair after Clan left

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit, a beautiful ruin to walk around and get a feel of the history but also such a perfect location. Absolutely beautiful setting with amazing views of the Loch and the Hills and what better way to do some Nessie spotting! You might need to wrap up as the wind gets up around the Loch but well worth every minute

Thank AshleaEmma
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A definite must visit for the highlands. We visited the castle in the evening when they were open late. Loads of parking which was great. Information video at the beginning was really good. The site of the castle is on the most beautiful spot and if you get the weather it’s really worth it. Plenty to explore and kept my three boys happily entertained for over a hour.

Thank Rachel P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful scenery, well organised, friendly staff. Had a 18 month year old that we managed to navigate about with minimal effort.

Thank Jonathan L
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