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.
Enjoying a Visit
Urquhart’s visitor centre provides a fascinating display of artefacts plus an audiovisual presentation, available in six languages, which tells the castle’s history.
The visitor centre is fully accessible. Disability buggies are available on request.
Gifts & refreshments
• Our café offers a great, wide-ranging menu including hot and cold snacks, home baking and picnic packs
• The Urquhart Castle shop sells a selection of quality books, souvenirs and gifts
• On Loch Ness near Drumnadrochit on the A82
• Open all year, seven days a week. 21 March - 30 September 9.30am to 6.00pm, 1 - 31 October 9.30am to 5pm, 1 November - 31 March 9.30am to 4.30pm. Last entry 45 minutes before closing
• Admission: Adult £6.50 Child £3.25 Concessions £5.00 Ask about ‘The Water Horse’ joint ticket.
• VisitScotland grading ★★★★★
Find out more about Urquhart Castle at historic-scotland.gov.uk
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