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Urquhart Castle
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed 13 July 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and agree that the film shown before is an absolute must, i found it really moving and when the drapes opened it was spectacular.
Some folk are never satisfied, a castle is a castle and it is a ruin for a reason! maybe some people expect a theme park built around it. There are crowds there at times but this is because it is such a beautiful place to visit. i was enthralled.
Thanks to all involved it the upkeep.

Thank Ravenchild
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Reviewed 11 July 2011

I've been here twice. The castle ruin is so-so, nothing special really, as there are much better ruins within an hours drive in my opinion. It a little underwhelming once inside, though it looks very nice from the water while on a Loch Ness tour boat. The views are pretty and grounds well kept. Be prepared for crowds as this castle is a staple for tour groups, many of which come via tour boat. There is a large visitor center run by Historic Scotland that includes a cafe, bathrooms, elevator. Should take about an hour, maybe 1.5 hours if you add shopping.

Thank JasonMoran
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Reviewed 2 July 2011

The short video detailing the castle's history is a must at the beginning of your visit. The castle is set high above Loch Ness and the views across the Loch from the castle walls are stunning. The food served in the cafe is good quality if a little over priced. Toilet facilites were spotless. The castle shop stocks the usual touristy items as well as some lovely silver celtic jewellery.

Thank WheezyF
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Reviewed 25 June 2011

The ruins of Urquhart Castle are on the banks of Loch Ness. They are beautiful to look at and very interesting to look around. There is a lot of area to cover, and it would have been helpful if there were more information boards as you walk around to give you an impression of where you stood in relation to the castle.

There were a lot of coach tours when we went, which made our arrival a little chaotic. However, there is plenty of space at this site for a lot of visitors.

You can get some beautiful pictures of the castle and the loch.

The visitor centre is not very inkeeping with the surroundings, especially when seen from far away. However, it offers a short but interesting film about the history of the castle and how it ended up in it's current state.

Thank hiptomorrow
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Reviewed 31 May 2011

We weren't going to stop here on our trip up Loch Ness, but at the last minute we decided to go into the guest centre. We're glad we did. The short film on the history of the castle is not to be missed. We looked at the model showing what the castle looked like before it was destroyed both before and after our walk around the ruins. We found the ruins of the castle quite stunning, with a beautiful location overlooking the loch. It's fun to imagine what the place was like when it was a functioning castle.

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