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  • Address: Drumnadrochit, Scotland
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Urquhart Castle Tours

Set on the shore of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle attracts many visitors that come here in hopes of glimpsing Nessie, the loch’s fabled aquatic monster. The ruined medieval fortress, which was destroyed in 1762 to prevent it from becoming a Jacobite stronghold, now houses a visitor center that exhibits objects found amid the ruins.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Including Visit to Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, ... 
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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Including Visit to Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Exhibition Centre

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Enjoy a full-day guided coach tour including a cruise on Loch Ness. Depart from Inverness and take in Corrimoney Cairns, the Loch Ness Centre, Urquhart Castle ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.97
Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise including Urquhart Castle, Inverness, Day Trips
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Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise including Urquhart Castle

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Discover the beauty of the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness and enjoy a visit to Urquhart Castle.

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.76
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow, Glasgow, Day Cruises
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow

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Take a journey from the city to the beautiful Highlands of Scotland. Enjoy a full day exploring the Scottish Highlands, taking in the atmospheric scenery of ...  Read more

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.64
Loch Ness Cruise Including Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, Inverness, Day Trips
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Loch Ness Cruise Including Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition

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Unravel the mystery surrounding Loch Ness on this 3.5-hour trip from Inverness. With an expert guide, enjoy a scenic coach ride from the city center to ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $46.39
Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Including Urquhart Castle, Inverness, Day Cruises
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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise Including Urquhart Castle

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Cruise across Loch Ness and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle on this 3 hour trip from Inverness. With a professional guide, soak up the sights on a coach ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.11
Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise, Inverness, Day Cruises
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Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise

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Discover the mystery surrounding Loch Ness on a 1-hour cruise from Clansman Harbour. Situated only a twenty minutes’ drive from central Inverness, Loch Ness is ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.55
Full-Day Outlander Experience in the Scottish Highlands from Inverness, Inverness, Day Cruises
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Full-Day Outlander Experience in the Scottish Highlands from Inverness

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Visit the times and places from Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" experience The amazing success of Diana Gabaldon's books and DVD series is the ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

From USD $530.13
Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle Visit from Inverness, Inverness, Literary, Art & Music Tours
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Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle Visit from Inverness

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Explore Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle during this enchanting 4-hour tour. Take a one hour cruise leaving from Dochgarroch Lock, 4 miles outside Inverness, ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.06
Cruise the Caledonian Canal, Sail Loch Ness and View Urquhart Castle, Inverness, Cultural Tours
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Cruise the Caledonian Canal, Sail Loch Ness and View Urquhart Castle

Cruise the Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness and view Urquhart Castle from the water on our 3-hour, 20 minute cruise from Tomnahurich Bridge, Inverness.

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.48
The Complete Loch Ness Experience Day Tour from Inverness, Inverness, Day Cruises
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The Complete Loch Ness Experience Day Tour from Inverness

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No one can resist the mythical Loch Ness: its beauty evokes a sense of wonder, while its monstrous depths are legendary. On this 7-hour small-group tour, you ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.81

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