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Urquhart Castle

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Address: A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1456 450551
09:30 - 15:45
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 15:45
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

An atmospheric ruin overlooking the dark waters of Loch Ness, this dramatic...

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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An interesting few hours

Drove to Urquhart castle from Fort William which was a very scenic and easy drive. The visitors centre is well laid out and the auditorium with the movie and glass windowed view... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Gavin W
County Cork, Ireland
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County Cork, Ireland
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Drove to Urquhart castle from Fort William which was a very scenic and easy drive. The visitors centre is well laid out and the auditorium with the movie and glass windowed view of the site - excellent. We followed one of the tours led by a very enthusiastic guide. Learnt new histories of Scotland and the part this castle and... More 

Thank Gavin W
Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Weather was horrible when myself and my friend visited (23/02/2017) however it was still totally worth it! Skipped the video in the visitor's centre and went straight for the 1/2 an hour tour with Andy. He was absolutely brilliant and told the history of Urquhart Castle so well! As a Scottish history student I think the castle is an absolute... More 

Thank Kloé H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went on a beautiful day, got in relatively quickly because of historic scotland membership, but people who didn't have membership seemed to be in a never-ending queue. Interesting indoor displays on the castle and several artifacts, then down to the castle, passing a giant trebuchet. The majority of the castle is destroyed, but the Grant Tower is still mainly standing.... More 

Thank chris h
Tunstall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited with my girlfriend on a cold and wet February day. Admission wasn't too expensive and considering it was winter season there were a lot of tourists here for the day too. Located on the edge of Loch Ness, Urquhart castle is steeped in history and had some beautiful scenic views, both of the ruined castle and the local countryside... More 

Thank Martyn H
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A good place to stop and get a bit of a feel for the history of this part of the world. There is a free 30 minute guided tour included in the visit at 10:45, 11:45 and 1:45. Our guide Andrew had real passion for the castle and it's history. It was obvious that he would glad have talked for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Staff are amazing and take the time to tell you about the place and not in a boating way. You can wander round most of the ground and there are some amazing views. One thing I must mention... you have just got to go to the talk at the beginning. Can't spoil it but something quite unique happens at the... More 

Thank wizardtee
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Basically went here to look at the view of the Loch. The actual castle wasn't overly interesting to us but it seemed that this is one of the only points that provides unspoilt views of Loch Ness. Definitely overpriced for what is there.

Thank sweepydoodles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent about an hour at Urquhart Castle after taking the Jacobite Rebel from the Clansman. Definitely worth a quick look around, you don't need much more than an hour here. Very cool structures and the history is very interesting!

Thank Madeline D
Coventry, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We've been to castles all over the world!!! So we hesitated to pay the entrance fee. But boy, are we glad we did!!! The gift shop is wonderful, and then we saw the short film. It was fabulous, and then wait.... when the screen lifts, and the curtains open.... SURPRISE!!! You see the castle, and Loch Ness!!! The most beautiful... More 

Thank Lisa212015
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Urquhart Castle is THE place to stop and see Loch Ness and a truly historic place. The entry fee that some people complain about is perfectly reasonable when you think that an ancient ruin being trampled around by visitors takes quite a lot of upkeep! You also get a film explaining the history of the castle, and, if you want,... More 

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