We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Urquhart Castle

Closed Now: 09:30 - 16:30
Open today: 09:30 - 16:30
Book In Advance
All photos (4,427)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“loch ness”(1,007 reviews)
“short film”(182 reviews)
“explorer pass”(49 reviews)
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...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 09:30 - 16:30
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
+44 1456 450551
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Urquhart Castle
from US$36.79
More Info
from US$18.39
More Info
from US$45.99
More Info
from US$40.73
More Info
Reviews (4,707)
Filter reviews
3,291 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews loch ness short film explorer pass gift shop historic scotland beautiful ruins introductory film interesting history visitor center beautiful location entrance fee information boards fantastic views well worth the visit sunny day boat tour tower
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 3,291 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Loved looking around here lots of great views and great for little ones as well. Good to read about the history, we ran out of time on our tour to see the film but not disappointed as the scenery was stunning and preferred to be...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Carmen B
Reviewed 2 days ago

As the main reason we braved the winter cold and rain in Scotland was to see Nessie, we made our way to the Urquhnart Castle. What an experience! See the movie first then take a tour with a guide - our guide was amazing, informative...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Piper58
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

These castle ruins are stunning. First, you go down a staircase to the little shop and watch a film about the history of the castle (DO NOT SKIP THE FILM), with a very awesome ending (no spoilers).. After the film, you are free to roam...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank katywithay86
Reviewed 3 days ago

Really impressed with this attraction on the banks of Loch Ness. Once you've purchased your ticket you descend to the gift shop and cafe and there is a cinema showing a brief film on the history of the castle which is very interesting. Next, and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Robsyd1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The views at this location are simply stunning! When we arrived there was the classical low drifting mist over the Loch which lingered for just a few hours but enough time for us to capture some gorgeous pictures. They have a giant trebuchet (not in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank B C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We arrived at Urquhart castle at 3:40, unaware that it closed at 4pm! The young gent explained how he would recommend at least 45 minutes to walk around, yet with us leaving the next day we decided to chance it. The castle, it’s grounds and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tt_amber
Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming from America, seeing these castle ruins really brought to perspective how rich in history Scotland is. I enjoyed learning about the impregnable fortress during our Loch Ness boat tour. We had about an hour to spend before being picked back up, which gave us...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Darcy W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at Castle Urquhart on our way south from Inverness and we are glad we did. The castle grounds are well maintained and easily accessible on foot. It is very pretty and we took plenty of photos. It also wasnt to crowded (probably because...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Hannah G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like that the caretakers of Urquhart left in its "natural" untouched-up state. It somehow fits the rugged landscape and position alongside Loch Ness, and leaves a very rustic, authentic feel to the castle. The long spiral staircase down from the ticketing office to the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Van T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning landscape especially if we are lucky to have sun shine over the castle. Every spot has a different angle. Explore every corner. Must visit

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 607pauliusj
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 3 nearby hotels
Drumnadrochit Hotel
462 reviews
1.64 miles away
Loch Ness Lodge Hotel
485 reviews
1.73 miles away
Loch Ness Clansman Hotel
871 reviews
3.36 miles away
Glenurquhart House Hotel
63 reviews
5.68 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 15 nearby restaurants
Cafe Eighty2
308 reviews
1.19 miles away
Ness Deli
200 reviews
1.61 miles away
1,378 reviews
1.61 miles away
The Loch Ness Inn
926 reviews
1.21 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 17 nearby attractions
Castle Cruises Loch Ness
134 reviews
.10 miles away
Loch Ness Riding
44 reviews
4.22 miles away
Abriachan Nurseries - The Garden On Loch Ness
20 reviews
4.52 miles away
Loch Ness
1,482 reviews
.37 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Stacy B
15 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from kathyquilts3436 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I recommend that you start your day early as he would anytime you’re traveling. Urquhart Castle has a lot to see and places to wander. The scenery is magnificent. Now close by is The Loch Ness exhibit for you to visit... More
25 April 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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!