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Urquhart Castle

A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
+44 1456 450551
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We arrived by boat, which gives a great feeling. The ruins are nicely restored and with good signage. The view over the lake is great.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The castle has an interesting history and is in a beautiful setting. My kids were very engaged with the free children's questions available at the ticket counter.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited after our one way boat tour. Don’t forget to see the introduction short video. The end is very nice

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Reviewed 2 days ago

You will not be disappointed visiting the castle. There is a wonderful visitor center and plenty of history.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place has the beauty of the green hills swept by the wind, the inhospitable hidden places chosen by the human to live at. When we climbed the stairs to reach the upper levels we found a view that was astonishing but so was the...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Urquhart castle is at the gateway to the northern side of Lochness. The views from the castle are spectacular and the history of the castle is very interesting. The guides were very knowledgeable. We arrived as soon as the castle opened at 9.30 am. It...More

Thank Teresa M
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We booked a loch cruise with 1hr castle visit. Gutted we didnt just do the castle the hr wasnt enough alot has been done to get the best out of the ruins really liked the fact nothing was out of bounds and the care taken...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had visited Urquhart many years ago and didn't expect everything to be the same. The Castle is much busier now and you can't see anything without going in. We had driven past and knew that parking later in the day was a challenge, we...More

Thank Debbie_Smith1963
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our family knew, going to visit here, that this castle is ruins. It was also apparent as we visited, that many other tourists did not realize this and were disappointed. So, my initial comment is that these are RUINS. Not Edinburgh, Stirling or Eilean Donan,...More

Thank emcii
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took the bus out to Urquhart Castle from Inverness. There is a well-made video of the history of the castle in the welcome center. It was windy but mostly sunny, perfect for our walk around the grounds and looking out at Loch Ness. The...More

Thank Wade S
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cdnsop2
25 April 2018|
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Response from AlexiRae7 | Reviewed this property |
My partner and I felt we had plenty of time in the castle and were there for less than an hour (including the movie) - you won't regret a longer cruise!
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alicekyy1
15 April 2018|
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Response from Carmel N | Reviewed this property |
You can take a cruise that drops you off at Urquart Castle then you can walk around at your own pace then return on the boat when convenient to you. We did the Castle separately as we had a car & the boat separately without... More
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GWYNETHY
24 November 2017|
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Response from ScottishWildBoar | Reviewed this property |
Parking for coaches is free. About visitor centre look on website or give a call
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