Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit

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Perched on a bluff overlooking Loch Ness, the rocky ruins of Urquhart Castle serve as a reminder of the area’s long history. Once one of the largest castles in Scotland, the ruins of the structure are remarkably well preserved considering its age, so you can get a good sense of medieval life just by strolling through the remaining baileys and corridors. Using our world travel planner, Drumnadrochit attractions like Urquhart Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Loch Ness, this impressive castle overlooking the Lake belongs to the site you're visiting with Explorer pass. After access to the visitor center where you can see a nice video introduction (with surprise ending) continue along a route that passes near a huge catapult up to the Castle. From the Tower, the view of the Lake is wonderful. Interesting layout and history of the settlement that gives the possibility to go down to a tiny beach where you can swim in the water of the Lake. The only drawback: the huge amount of tourists that access from the street and from the Lake (with cruises organized) that invade the site during busy times. Recommended arrive around 9 waiting for the opening of 9.30 in front of the ticket booth.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Once you are here, there is that see it, although I doubt necessary pay input. It is nice to stroll through the gardens, but it's no more ruins. Best of the Castle are the views offered on Loch Ness, which can also be obtained from other points on the road that encircles it.
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  • August 21, 2017
    We only have a short stop to see the Castle. These are ruins, but Loch Ness view is splendid
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  • Visited many castles within my 10 day trip of the UK, and this one is by far the most well kept one. Staff was very friendly, there was access for handicap people which came in handy since my mother in law had busted her knee earlier in the trip and they gave us a motorized chair for her to get around free of charge. The castle itself is small but definitely gets you on the edge of the Loch, while giving you some spectacular pictures of the scenery around. Very clean, very well maintained, and very gorgeous views from the inside of the ruins! A bit on the expensive side for how small it is, but it's worth it seeing how much they invested on making the Castle grounds accessible for all.
  • Beautiful vistas and great history. I would suggest that anyone headed here be able to walk reasonably well. There are some pretty scary stair cases. Incredible views are worth it and then some, though!
  • It's pretty cool. Can easily spend a few hours here if you do all the reading and everything. Beautiful view of Loch Ness. Weather was wonderful so it made for an awesome afternoon. This castle is motel dilapidated and much of it has been destroyed. So if you are looking to tour a fully in tact castle this is definitely not the place. Lots of history here though.
  • One of the very beautiful castles in the entire Scotland, I would say, and if great historical importance. Strategically located on the shore of the Loch Ness, you have to take a boat ride to reach to the castle. Very well maintained and fantastic location for photography for its spectacular views. Nice cafe and good gift shop with many varieties.
  • We arrived by boat over Loch Ness which was a great way to enjoy a trip to this castle. It is ruins and has great scenery. Information boards situated in most parts of the ruins explain which 'room' you are in. It was an enjoyable visit, but not a castle that held as much interest for the children as many others. No real sense of the past or its use felt as in other places we have visited. Excellent views across Loch Ness from the ruins.

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