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Urquhart Castle

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Urquhart Castle

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NJA_7 wrote a review Jan 2021
London, United Kingdom588 contributions286 helpful votes
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In September 2020, we embarked on a road trip of the Scottish Highlands. We carefully planned each step of our trip in advance, in order to fully comply with the COVID 19 requirements at the time and support local business. As a person that really enjoys scenic views and history, the Scottish Highlands had it all. Urquhart Castle sits on a headland overlooking Loch Ness and is believed to date back to as early as the 12th century. The present ruins are dated from the 13th to the 16th centuries, and shows evidence of being built on early medieval fortification. As you would expect, like most castles in Scotland this one has a very checked history. Although these are ruins, I enjoyed learning the history and countryside.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Busker999 wrote a review Dec 2020
Tonbridge, United Kingdom667 contributions207 helpful votes
A very well used castle in its time if not strategic. Its mostly ruined apart from one tower so easy to walk round. Small pabels explaining each section. Staff were very friendly. Very good shop at the top. Views over loch ness are spectacular. Very lucky with weather so clear day too. Shame exhbit wasnt open
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Date of experience: November 2020
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victoria B wrote a review Dec 2020
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom190 contributions70 helpful votes
I had pre-booked due to Covid and due to social distancing the place had far less people than it would usually attract which was great for me but not so great probably for the castle funds. I was lucky it was sunny and warm and the views of the castle and loch walking from the car park were stunning. A large ruin which had seen a lot of fighting including 'the great takeaway' where a rival clan broke in an stole just about everything. Later on an unpopular lady owner was turfed out by disgruntled locals. There is a small beach accessible via the Watergate and spectacular views from various other parts of the castle. The keep is more or less in tact and that was the only place where there was a short queue due to social distancing. There are toilets in the car park and at the visitors centre adjacent to the castle. The cafe was closed but for limited takeaway items and there was no seating due to Covid. The coffee was good and I suspect in normal times there is a decent selection of food. The shop had a decent selection of items as well as some good books. There is a decent area for picnics adjacent to the castle - by the loch
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Date of experience: September 2020
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AandE_G wrote a review Nov 2020
Marion, Illinois565 contributions192 helpful votes
We booked a bus tour from our cruise ship to the Urqhart Castle and Loch Ness. Our tour guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable. There was a light misty rain happening, which was perfect weather for walking around a destroyed castle at the edge of Loch Ness. We enjoyed the ruins and they weren't very crowded due to the weather.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Michael M wrote a review Nov 2020
Denny, United Kingdom76 contributions32 helpful votes
For the size of the place it’s not worth £9.50 each to get in. Feels like a tourist trap. Can walk round in about ten minutes. Can view the lot from the main road or up the hills. Save your cash and spend it in a local cafe.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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