My first introduction to Urquhart Castle was by Leonard Nemoy during a 1970s episode of "In Search Of" as he so eloquently described the mysteries of Loch Ness. Since then it has been my dream to visit the Loch and the Castle. Now that the dream has been realized and I have had the chance to pesonaly scratch at the secrets that the area holds I can say that now I sit in a somewhat anti-climactic state. Castle Urquhart, while not a dissapontment was a bit more touristy than I had hoped for. With the gates to the tickets opening at 0930 we had plenty of time to ensure that we were first in line. Even though we were successful in our positioning tactic the crowds soon desended upon the castle making access to much of the ruins difficult and many of the paths and staircase treacherous. During the middle of the visit a tour boat from Jacobite tours docked at the connectioning pier thereby doubling the historical sites population.
Now do not misunderstand me. The castle is still well worth the visit but patrons should understand its popularity.
The visitors center is a fully equipped facility to include bathrooms, a cafe and gift shop. As well, an elevator is available for disabled guests to take them from the ticket counter to the main floor one level below. A short film is shown here for all who wish to view and I highly recommend it as it sets a good history for the visitor pror to stepping onto the castle grounds. The walk from the visitors center to the castle is about 1/2 mile and moble chairs are available for disabled visitors.
Entrance into the Castle is required as it cannot be viewed from the road with the exception of a small roadside pullout several miles north of the castle. Cost for entrance is just under £10 for adults.
See you on the trail and remember, dont be one of "those."
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