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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
+44 1456 450551
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Park in the car park, walk up the hill and look down and you get great views. I asked to use the toilets before going in - they said buy a ticket first - screw them methought. No sign of Nessie.

Thank bar_kochba
Reviewed yesterday

One really has to give to them; of course, how else would anyone preserve whatever little is remaining and also convert it into an attraction? As an Indian my hear went out to all our heritage that has been left to rot is not amusing...More

Thank Sumanth C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went with my husband, the staff were very nice and welcoming. You watch a short movie to teach you about the history of the castle before you walk in. It was an amazing experience.

Thank Bat Chen Z
Reviewed 4 days ago

After seeing many castles throughout Europe sometimes they lose their awe. However, seeing the movie and learning the history of the clans and their struggle for independence I come to appreciate how much this structure helped them to survive. The grounds are well maintained. Sometimes...More

Thank vjv2007
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We where staying local to the Castle so took a day trip expecting it to be further away and a little bigger. Having said that managed to kill 2 hours here and really enjoyed the grounds, a bit of imagination required, it is a ruin...More

Thank Martin R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was hesitant to put out yet another $14 x two people for another freakin' castle tour, but we are glad we did. It was on our way from Inverness to Oban anyway, we watched to 8 minute film in the visitor centre (BTW you...More

Thank Northwoods_Chickie
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is definitely worth the time and effort to get here, for it is a remote location that is far from major visitor destinations and gateway cities. The castle however is a ruin, and if you miss the presentation, the ruins may not make...More

Thank og84
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fantastic place we throughly enjoyed our hour there. It's well worth a visit here. There's lots of nooks and crannies to explore and stunning views of the Loch too. It's a great spot for photography. On the whole it's really a stunning...More

Thank Catherine R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Arriving first thing in the morning was the best thing we could have done to avoid the queues of tourists on the coaches. The visitors centre was spacious and the introductory film was fabulous to provide a brief history into the Castle and the ending...More

Thank Strat4ds
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quite a remarkable setting for this historical landmark. Lots to explore here and there is a free guided tour if you want to take in more of the history. This is a must see landmark the views over the Loch are sheer breathtaking.

Thank Ian S
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12 September 2017|
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Response from Jimdpeters | Reviewed this property |
We were just there a week ago 1st two weeks of Sept. It was cold and wet. Just remember there is no bad weather in Scotland...only inappropriate clothing. Add layers to your packing and go.
Manux S
8 May 2017|
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Response from mckiaj | Reviewed this property |
There are some benches, but I didn't see a designated area for packed lunches outside of a small cafe.
Manux S
8 May 2017|
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Response from m0nikazet | Reviewed this property |
Yes, plenty of spaces :)