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Urquhart Castle

A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
+44 131 668 8600
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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.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“short film” (143 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ, Scotland
+44 131 668 8600
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very busy car park and very busy visitors centre. Also very expensive entry fee for a ruined castle.

Thank Phil P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If one arrives by car and the car park is full and one waits for over five minutes for a space that doesn't come it's time to leave. Yes car parking is a major issue and it's wasn't even the high of Summer holidays yet!...More

Thank DublinWelcomesAll
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Outstanding castle ruins on the shore of Lock Ness. The history is amazing to think your walking of the same grounds of people hundreds of years ago. Also amazing is the last group that occupied the castle blew it up so no one could ever...More

Thank chiefguard
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped by to tour this Castle while visiting Inverness. It's relatively close. Urquhart is steeped with history, if you are into that sort of thing. The location on the Loch is beautiful. We went later on in the day and there were very few...More

Thank Lawrence O
Reviewed 4 days ago

I did this as part of the Jacobite tour of Loch Ness. It was a good way to see both the loch and the castle, but the crowd made it a lot less enjoyable. I wasn't able to meander and go at my own pace....More

Thank jez09
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a waste of money. £25 and we left after 25 minutes. Overcrowded tourist trap. Save your money, stop in the lay by along the road to take your pictures. Eilean Donan castle is fantastic in comparison.

Thank Dougie S
Reviewed 5 days ago

The castle is really impressive, the location spectacular. Having been there as a tourist, I have no right to complain about the crowds - more than everywhere else in the host of places we have visited (with the sole exception of Edinburgh castle). What spoils...More

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 5 days ago

The location of this castle is incredible - right on the banks of Loch Ness. In fact, we arrived on a boat tour and the dock is only steps from the castle. We were able to join a very informative and interesting free guided tour....More

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Picturesque castle on the banks for the Loch, not much to see as it is a mostly reconstructed ruin but the history is very interesting. They show you a short movie ahead of time and offer subtitles in several languages which I thought was a...More

Thank Britlisa
Reviewed 6 days ago

I rated this as average as when I compare it to some other castles such as Edinburgh, Stirling, Eilean Donan and Dunrobin I didnt think it was as good. It does has have an interesting history and a picturesque location. being on a main route...More

Thank Lino L
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Manux S
Is there a picnic area or some seats anywhere to eat a packed lunch?
8 May 2017|
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Response from m0nikazet | Reviewed this property |
Yes, plenty of spaces :)
Can someone give me info on free guided tours once admission to castle is paid? I see mentions on tripadvisor reviews but nothing specifically on official web site
27 April 2017|
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Response from Neil M | Reviewed this property |
Hi there Guided tours are on set times and they last about 30/45 mins it was mentioned when we were there