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Around the Great Glen Sights

Urquhart Castle

  • A82 Map It
  • Drumnadrochit
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Updated 10/09/2013

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About 2 miles southeast of Drumnadrochit, this castle is a favorite Loch Ness monster–watching spot. This romantically broken-down fortress stands on a promontory overlooking the loch, as it has since the Middle Ages. Because of its central and strategic position in the Great Glen line of communication, the castle has a complex history involving military offense and defense, as well as its own destruction and renovation. The castle was begun in the 13th century and was

destroyed before the end of the 17th century to prevent its use by the Jacobites. A visitor center gives an idea of what life was like here in medieval times.

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A82, Drumnadrochit, IV63 6XJ, Scotland

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Sight Details:

  • £8
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 9:30–6; Oct., daily 9:30–5; Nov.–Mar., daily 9:30–4:30; last admission 45 mins before closing

Updated 10/09/2013


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Apr 9, 2004

Too expensive for what it is

I was dissappointed that we had to pay to get into the castle regardless of whether we might be stopping to see the sight or stopping for a cup of tea. The cinema that they show you is well produced and very dramamtic when the curtains open, but we certainly rated the Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre much higher than the castle. The Loch Ness 2000 Centre had everything, especially the Exhibitioon which was fascinating and narrated into different

languages which helped our group. The castle from the road looks good but thats about it, I would advise any travellers to visit Loch Ness 2000 instead where you will get much better value for money and better service.

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