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“Stunning Ruins on the Edge of Loch Ness”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Stunning Ruins on the Edge of Loch Ness”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2014

The ruins on this site is spread out along several hills. Walking through the ruins made you use your imagination to see how it must of looked when it was intact and luckily there is a model of the castle in the gift shop to compare it with. There were lots of walls and a few stairwells to navigate on this sprawling site. The best thing was where it was situated, right on the edge of Loch Ness. We enjoyed our visit, but it did not have a lot of historical information available to learn more about the castle.

Visited August 2014
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“Had to drive by, parking was full”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014

We really wanted to visit this, but the only parking lot was full. We had to drive by and this disappointed all 6 of us.

Visited August 2014
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014

We were really disappointed by this castle and shocked by how expensive it is! The castle has been restored in such a way that it has lost all character and history. It feels like a new building. There is very little up by way of information. The castle was very busy and this made it difficult and dangerous to navigate the blind, narrow, staircases leading up to the towers.
We have been to quite a number of castles and ruins in Scotland which are far more educational, atmospheric, and striking. Many of which are free.
I can only assume that the price has been hiked up because this castle is on a busy tourist route. Not worth it.

Visited August 2014
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ByHistoricScotland, Manager at Urquhart Castle, responded to this review, 3 September 2014
Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit to Urquhart Castle. I was sorry you
to hear that your visit fell far short of expectations and is certainly not the experience we would ever wish to present to our visitors.

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 wanting to explore a variety of locations.

Historic Scotland has recently replaced 27 new interpretive panels to explain more clearly what castle life would have been like, we are in the process of looking into audio tours too which will provide even more info on castle life and history.

Historic Scotland regularly commissions lots of different surveys and quality assurance inspections to ensure that we are providing a quality service to our visitors. Delivering a first class service is very important to us and I very much appreciate your comments and have taken your feedback on-board.
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“Beautiful ”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014 via mobile

The castle was absolutely stunning and well managed. Views across the loch were amazing despite the weather. My 4 year old nephew loved it although it our visit did not take long as not that much to engage him. Well laid out visitors centre with brilliant staff. A tad on the expensive side.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Shiny View !!!!!!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014

Castle itself was lovely... The shining water around, the mountains and the whole atmosphere is the additional beauty to the Castle !!!!!!!!!

Visited September 2013
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