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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 today

I was recently at this Destination with my wife ,my Brother in Law and his wife , just last week , the Castle is well situated on Loch Ness, and has some wonderful scenery around it , The castle grounds well looked after , and...More

Thank Andrew A
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Reviewed yesterday

Urquhart Castle was included on our Loch Ness boat cruise, otherwise we would have probably skipped this one. The castle is beautiful and you get spectacular views on the loch at several points. However, since many cruises include this place, it tends to be overcrowded...More

Thank DorisHeimgartner
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What makes me laugh about some of the reviews here are people complaining about the castle being a ruin. Come on guys. You can see the castle for free from the car park. If it looks like a ruin from there then I'm pretty sure...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We took a boat tour from Inverness to Urquhart Castle and returned via coach. The cruise on Loch Ness was pleasant, we enjoyed excellent weather. The castle is very impressive, with good trails and informational signs throughout the ruins. A very good gift shop and...More

Thank peter l
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Brilliant castle with a good introductory film and lots of information around the castle. Really good quiz for the kids. Beautiful setting too.

Thank DGSGREG
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We purchased the Scottish Heritage Castle Pass and this was the first time we used it. Urquhart Castle was fascinating, the information panels were very informative. We loved this attraction, even though it was SUPER busy and not yet peak season. I believe it is...More

1  Thank Anne M
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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.

Thank Anfrist
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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.

Thank Annette_and_Wes
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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 4 days ago

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

Thank Chrisyberg
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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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