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Urquhart Castle (Caisteal na Sròine) Tours

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Urquhart Castle (Caisteal na Sròine)
Set on the shore of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle (Caisteal na Sròine) 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.
Address: Drumnadrochit, Scotland
Admission: Varies
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Loch Ness Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

Loch Ness Sightseeing Cruise

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Set sail across the misty waters of Loch Ness and discover the eerie legend of the Loch Ness Monster on this sightseeing cruise from Inverness. Cruise past the majestic ruins of Urquhart Castle as you explore one of Britain’s largest freshwater lakes and use the ship’s sonar system to seek out the loch’s notorious resident.
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Legendary Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle Tour

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Who Are Historic & Scenic Tours? We’re locals who love the Highlands as much as we love meeting and showing visitors around our beautiful towns and countryside. We are truly passionate about sharing the culture, history and scenery on offer - which is why we founded Historic & Scenic Tours, catering for groups and individuals looking for tours from Inverness and Invergordon. What makes us different? We designed our Highland tours to make sure there’s something for everyone, and that you see the very best of the Scottish Highlands and Inverness area has to offer. Our tours have it all – breathtaking scenery, historical landmarks, famous lochs, castles, gardens and distilleries. This tour will give you a real Scottish Highland experience. Remember to take your camera in case Nessie appears! Always a personal tour experience - guaranteed Tours with that personal touch. We only take small groups of 4, 6 and 8 on our tours, which means you always get the very best experience.
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Historic battlesites, a ruined castle, a 4,000 year old burial ground, beautiful countryside and whisky! This private customisable tour has it all! First is Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last pitched battle on mainland Britain in 1746. Wander the historic site towards the memorial cairn and see markers of where the doomed clans lined up to fight against the Government forces. Next is Clava Cairns said to be one of the sites that inspired the Outlander books. It’s a Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves, cairns, and standing stones. Passing Clava Viaduct we'll reach Cawdor Castle (Macbeth anyone?) to explore the castle and the beautiful grounds. After driving down Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle ruins, you can use the remaining ramparts to scour Loch Ness for monsters! Then its Beauly to a 13th century priory and to wander around this pretty Highland town. Finally, we’ll head north and its whisky time! We’ll visit a distillery to sample some of the water of life!
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Enjoy a 4 to 5 hour trip to get a flavor of the lush hills and glens in and around the world famous and mysterious Loch Ness. Experience tastes of this unique culture, history and landscape. The small-group tour will be in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus that seats up to 8 people. Relax with your professional, Scottish, tour guide, Johnny, as he takes you on a journey all the way round Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Drumnadrochit, Urquhart castle, Inverness cathedral and what better way to complete your tour than with a visit to Inverness Castle
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