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Address: A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1456 450551
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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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It was a cold but sunny day when we saw the castle, one can only imagine what it must have been like so many years ago! A gorgeous site right on the shores of Loch Ness. A must... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was a cold but sunny day when we saw the castle, one can only imagine what it must have been like so many years ago! A gorgeous site right on the shores of Loch Ness. A must see!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I travelled to Inverness recently for a short visit. After arriving at Inverness we went to the tourist information office for advice on the best place to visit on a short visit. At the tourist information we found the staff very friendly and a mine of information on the local area. We decided to visit Urquhart castle... More 

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Fife, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Amazing views, stunning castle, lovely albeit expensive shop but fantastic historic experience. Will visit again

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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here with my boyfriend who has no interest in history, the guided tour made it an interesting visit even for him.

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've always wanted to go... And was not disappointed. Our only complaint was r the weather but it's Scotland - it won't be great all the time. There was more to see than expected. The kid's were happy, the views of the Loch were stunning, and the traditional piper a nice touch.

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Marbella, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were travelling up from Edinburgh and were running a few minutes late. Thank you to Alan for waiting with the bus for us as we would have missed this very interesting tour. Our boys loved it and seeing Nessy really made their trip! Thanks again and we would happily recommend this trip to families as the boat trip was... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Urquhart Castle as part of our tour of Scotland with Discover Scotland. We opted for the visit of the castle and the boatride across Loch Ness. We did a free guided tour with very knowledgable host Andy. He was able to bring the ruins back to live, helping us imagine what the castle must have looked like back... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I agree with others this was a bit more expensive than you would expect. But it is worth it. Good film to start the tour though it was about the inhabitants and the destruction of the castle rather than how it was built and why in that position. And no history since it's destruction. Good information boards around the castle,... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Urquhart right after Eilean Donan and boy the difference! The ruins at Urquhart barely offer anything visually, rather it requires a lot of imagination. The ticket was way too expensive for this. Eilean Donan was rebuilt from scratch and costs less than this. It's worth a visit on good weather day. Otherwise just skip this place.

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ByHistoricScotland, Marketing Executive at Urquhart Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit to Urquhart Castle. The admission costs for Urquhart Castle are regularly reviewed to ensure value for money - our admission cost not only contributes to maintaining this beautifully historic location but also contributes to preserving our 340+ sites across Scotland. We do offer excellent value membership or explorer passes for those... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice remains and a decent reconstruction so far. Interesting placement, great position on the water but below the adjacent hillside. It's a shame how many grand places were lost, or more appropriately, destroyed intentionally to prevent their being taken.

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