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Urquhart Castle (Caisteal na Sròine)
Urquhart Castle (Caisteal na Sròine)

Urquhart Castle (Caisteal na Sròine)

A82, Drumnadrochit, Scotland

The Basics

Almost all organized tours that come to Loch Ness, whether from Inverness, Invergordon, Glasgow, or even Edinburgh, include at least a glimpse of Urquhart Castle. Many tours combine a visit to the crumbling gray-stone castle with a sightseeing cruise on Loch Ness or the Caledonian Canal, while other tours make stops at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition and the Bronze Age Clava Cairns.

Explore the castle ruins independently, wander around the battlements, admire the splendor of the Great Hall, scan the lake’s surface for the Loch Ness monster, and examine medieval artifacts on show at the castle’s visitor center. Historic Scotland Explorer Pass holders visit for free.

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Urquhart Castle and Culloden plus Loch Ness Tour
Urquhart Castle and Culloden plus Loch Ness Tour
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$149.46 per adult
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Wonderful personalized tour
Alister was a wonderful guide and very informative. We loved all of the sites we got to see and the personal attention.
Heather_K, Jun 2022

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Larry_O, May 2022
Urquhart Castle and Culloden plus Loch Ness Tour
He answered all questions was a great guy his car was clean the entire tour whent very good had a great time
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Great Day Out
Elizabeth_G, Jun 2022
Urquhart Castle and Culloden plus Loch Ness Tour
George was an excellent guide. We saw some truly beautiful as well as some historically interesting places. He was really informative and we were fascinated by everything he told us. He had an excellent sense of humour too so great company which is always a bonus. I’d recommend this trip to anyone. Thanks for a great day George
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Phenomenal day trip
Angela_D, Apr 2022
Urquhart Castle and Culloden plus Loch Ness Tour
The day was fantastic and our guide too notch! Got to see all the sites and hear about the history of this beauty country!
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Would do it again in a heartbeat!
Sarah_R, Nov 2021
Urquhart Castle and Culloden plus Loch Ness Tour
Amazing day! The absolute best tour I've been on. Alister was so knowledgeable about everything and a great conversationalist. My teenager was enthralled the whole time. Beautiful landscape and wonderful photo opps.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • With its rich history of battles, Urquhart Castle is an absolute must for history enthusiasts.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring rain gear, as much of the ruins are exposed to the elements.

  • Most of the castle is accessible via paved paths, with the exception of the guardhouse, the battlements, and the first floor and basement of Grant Tower.

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How to Get There

Urquhart Castle is situated on the west bank of Loch Ness near Drumnadrochit. From Inverness, drive south along the A82 for around 30 minutes. Buses (including the 19, 917, and 919) connect Inverness bus station to Urquhart Castle.

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When to Get There

The castle is busiest in summer, when lines often form at the staircase at Grant Tower and the parking lot occasionally fills. Arrive just after opening, or an hour or two before closing, to experience the ruins at their quietest. During the winter months, the castle ruins are peaceful, and moody weather adds to the atmosphere.

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The History of Urquhart Castle

Urquhart has a long and tumultuous history, with a castle having stood here since at least the 13th century. The fortress was seized, reclaimed, damaged, and restored many times between then and the 17th century. In 1762, the gatehouse was blown up to prevent Jacobites from moving in and establishing a base here. Nowadays, the Historic Environment Scotland manages the evocative ruins.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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