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Review of Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Discover 1,000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life and enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands. Climb the Grant Tower that watches over the iconic loch, peer into a miserable prison cell, said to have held the legendary Gaelic bard Domhnall Donn, and imagine the splendid banquets staged in the great hall. A more comfortable view of the iconic ruins, against a backdrop of Loch Ness and the hills of the Great Glen, can be enjoyed from the café. Urquhart’s stories are also told through a remarkable collection of artefacts left by its residents, historic replicas, including a full-sized, working trebuchet siege engine, and a short film. The castle has a distinctly Highland heritage and the site has witnessed some of the most dramatic chapters in our nation’s history. This is where St Columba is said to have worked miracles in the 6th century, where acts of chivalry and defiance provided inspiration during the Wars of Independence and where the MacDonald Lords of the Isles struggled with the Crown for power.
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Was driving loch ness and dropped here. Unfortunately camera ran out of batteries. However, great views from the top of the castle and it was very busy too.

Thank Laurence B
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Upon arrival in the Visitor’s Centre there is an introductory film which sets the scene of one Scotland’s largest castles before you make your way to the guardhouse, remaining battlements, first floor and basement of the Grant Tower, the watergate and the ruins of the early castle and dovecot.

Whilst amongst the ruins, we also got to see some medieval-attired staff members re-enacting common occurrences from the time.

Also on our visit we were also lucky enough to see a couple deer running across the vast lawn and then up the side of the hill to the castle. This was enjoyable to watch the two of them frolic together.

Thank quinni_224
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

It was neat to see lots of parking there. The gift shop was neat. The movie was really interesting. We saw it from the viewpoint

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

visitors on the cruise boats enjoyed this part of the trip very scenic. Lots of lovely photos to be taken

Thank jacksAberdeen
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Sept 2016. This was beautiful and enjoyable even though it rained. You get to walk through the castle (which is more extensive than I expected. There's good food on site. All the Staff were friendly and helpful.

Thank Chris L
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