Urquhart Castle

Castles

Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Inverness-shire, IV63 6XJ

    Wild natural beauty and 1,000 years of history - Urquhart Castle offers a taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic.

    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.
     
     
    The visitor centre is fully accessible and there is a photographic guide for those who have mobility issues. Disability buggies are available on request.

     

    Gradings
    5 Castle
    Awards
    Green Tourism Gold Unassisted wheelchair access
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2013 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

    April to September 9.30am - 6pm

    October 9.30am - 5pm

    November to March 9.30am - 4.30pm

    Last entry 45 mins before closing

    Ticket Information
    Ticket Type
    Ticket Tariff
    Adult £7.90 per ticket
    Child £4.80 per ticket
    Concession £6.40 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Catering

    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Shop

    Domestic

    • Toilets
    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Special Requirements

    • School Groups Welcome
    • Children Welcome

    Wedding Services

    • Religious Ceremony
    • Reception Facilities
    • Civil Ceremony

    Children

    • Children Welcome

    Facilities

    • ASVA Member
    • Picnic Area

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Switch Card
    • Cash
    • Diners Card
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card

    Transport

    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Parking
    • Cycle Rack
    • Disabled Parking

    Road Directions

    On Loch Ness near Drumnadrochit on the A82.

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