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“An amazing castle for a crew of Canadians!”
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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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Ottawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
163 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“An amazing castle for a crew of Canadians!”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

We visited Scotland in July of 2014 and one of my goals was to boat on Loch Ness. The Ferry from the visitor centre to Castle Urquhart was a great idea and a smooth, beautiful ride. The pictures of the castle from the water were great, and we were anxious to see an "unrestored" castle of such importance in Scotland.

We were not disappointed. The wonderfully enormous trebuchet visible on docking was our first surprise, as was the bagpiper playing inside the grounds. The castle has a number of interpretive signs that "set the stage" for our imaginations. Our 18-year old son wanted to see a "real" castle and Urquhart fit the bill. I saw notes on Tripadvisor that the views from the Loch and the castle are the same - not so whatsoever. The massive size of this former glory, the layout, the great history to it (the sign describing all the riches stolen from the castle was a real interest) - all made my son declare this was the best castle of our visit.

We had purchased an Explorer Pass and as such, Urquhart was included with the pass which enhanced the value of the pass in our opinion, and we were all too happy to pay for the ferry ride, so all in all, we felt a good value. We highly recommend the Explorer Pass for Scotland - this castle, Edinburgh, Doune, and many more were included in the single price.

While we were visiting the castle, a pair of Eurofighter Typhoon fighters thundered by overhead, giving us a view of the training the Scottish and British pilots were going through - just another great moment in a wonderful visit.

The washrooms were spotless and readily accessible up the hill, the restaurant was clean and well stocked, the gift shop nicely laid out.

Frankly, as a North American looking for a few castles to visit, I would have difficulty finding anything wrong with castle Urquhart. Yes, it's a ruin - isn't that what you should expect from an ancient castle? Great value and great atmosphere. Nicely done!

Visited July 2014
Thank Tim W
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Wexford, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A must see for history buffs.”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

A great experience, I remember visiting Urquhart Castle when i was just a young boy, and to this day I believe it is the cause for my raging passion for history. A happened to find myself back there, and I have to say I wasn't disappointed. The exhibition film is very informative, and interesting, and the views for the castle keep, are spectacular. A must see if your anywhere near this area. My only qualm, the entrance fee is quite heavy.

Visited September 2013
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Paisley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Fantastic attraction”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Amazing views and once more such a tranquil area even on a busy day. Wondefully maintained and staff have an abundence of knowledge and history.

Visited July 2014
Thank Carol-Anne E
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Lovely setting on the Loch - English Heritage get in for half price”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Much more to see here than we expected. The setting is magnificent as the ruins overlook Loch Ness & on a clear day, the scenery is superb. When we got there, the car park was very busy & there had just been a few coach loads arrive. To our surprise, we were asked if we were English Heritage members (which we are) & therefore we could get in for half price - bargain! ( This is also the case at Edinburgh Castle). It looked as if you could do some boat trips from the shore line around the Loch but we didn't do this.Plenty of information about the castle & its heritage. There are plenty of toilets & a cafe but quite a few steps & slopes.

Visited August 2014
Thank AnnieM452
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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“Don't peek”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Watch the film before you look at anything - a surprise awaits. The castle itself was lovely although we were wise to go in the morning as later the car park was full and there were long queues.

Visited August 2014
Thank Sandy S
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