Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit

Must see · Castle · Historic Site
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. A visit to Urquhart Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Drumnadrochit travel route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • In September 2020, we embarked on a road trip of the Scottish Highlands. We carefully planned each step of our trip in advance, in order to fully comply with the COVID 19 requirements at the time...  more »
  • A very well used castle in its time if not strategic. Its mostly ruined apart from one tower so easy to walk round. Small pabels explaining each section. Staff were very friendly. Very good shop at...  more »
  • I had pre-booked due to Covid and due to social distancing the place had far less people than it would usually attract which was great for me but not so great probably for the castle funds. I was...  more »
  • Very beautiful castle. A good stop on any tour. Note: if your visiting multiple castles, you can buy combined tickets or passes. If you can plan ahead you will save some money. The guided tours were at particular times and were free with entry. They are super informative and I really enjoyed them. There is signage as well. Additionally, they have a bespoke publication that talks a lot about the site. In Scotland, there is also some brands of alcohol that are only sold at the castles! On my first trip, I bought a bottle as a souvenir. On my second, we made sure to get another bottle because it was enjoyable. If you have movement accessibility needs, parts of this castle will not be easy for you to traverse. However, I still think it’s worth going even if you can’t climb to the top. Call ahead and talk to staff to for details. Enjoy!
  • Amazing place, views... Nice coffee shop and little cinema with 8 minutes history film about the castle. It is only ruins but make you feel like you travelled in time. Amazing views from every part of the ruins. We have spent there few good hours and our 6 years old didn't get bored. Staff very nice and helpful.
  • Love love love this place. It was extremely busy at the car park so had to wait for a space. Lovely food in the restaurant. Being able to get down to the loch side through the water gate was great like it was years ago when I first visited.
  • Great castle 🏰 the history of this castle is super interesting. Make sure you take the time to read all the signs along the way. It’s a little tricky if it is raining ☔️ so bring an umbrella...just in case as the walk down to the castle is a bit of a ways and it is on a downhill so the walk up can be a lot depending on what shape you are in. If you are with grandma or grandpa and they have trouble walking there is a great little cafe / coffee shop that they can relax with a coffee or dessert in while you explore.
  • Wonderful to visit again after 30 years. The historical society has put a lot of time, money, and effort into sprucing up the castle. The visitors center has a wonderful movie of the history of the castle and there are many artifacts found during excavations on display. The grounds themselves have been cleaned up and are neat and nice with clean pathways and lots of informative signs.

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