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“beautiful location but huge crowds of people.”
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 3 weeks ago

OH the hordes of tourists! We arrived about 11 am on a Sunday. I do not think it would have mattered what time or what day we arrived, the place was packed with a never-ending stream of humanity. Not since Edinburgh had we seen this many people packed into a tourist site, and the busses kept bringing more. That was the downside to this ruin of an ancient castle. The upside was that, unlike Stirling and Edinburgh, there was room for this hoard to spread out (to a certain extent).
We enjoyed the castle ruins but found it difficult to get from one area to the next because of all the people. Photography was very difficult unless you do not mind having many strangers as part of you photo memories.
Getting to the top of the tower was next to impossible. You had to climb a narrow set of stairs that went round in circles. It was barely wide enough for one person and made nearly impassable with people coming down at the same time as people going up and everyone believing they had the right of way.
We were happy to have been here but, almost as happy to be on our way afterwards.

Thank beachbums_ceo
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful place, stunning views, the kids loved it too and the video was really good, great gift shop

Thank Clare M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting place to see, however not much to do and I think there should be more information about its history. Very picturesque.

Thank Marta G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Urquhart Castle is a famous castle, like all castles in the United Kingdom, this too is full of history, it was nice to see the castle even if it was only from the outside due to lack of time.
It was such a pleasure to see a castle even if it was only from the outside, as it is a rare site in Our country Sri-Lanka.

Thank DilrukshiH
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were there on a tour. It is a beautiful ruin with a great history. It involves a moderate amount of walking but it is well worth the visit. It is on Lock Ness and we took the boat trip accross the lake.

Thank David W
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