Photo: Karoly Lorentey

Positioned beside the famous Loch Ness in Scotland, Urquhart Castle is where the most Loch Ness sightings have occurred. Maybe you’ll see the legendary beast!

Although a shadow of its former glory, Urquhart remains an impressive structure speaks to its past as a medieval stronghold. The remains include a tower house that looks out over incredible views of the loch and Great Glen. The earliest traceable history of a castle on this site castle in about the 6th century, although not known precisely when Urquhart was built. It is though the present structure existed from the early 13th century.

Learn all about the castle’s previous owners, and the constant threat it faced to raids and invasions during medieval times in an exhibition and audio-visual display in the new visitor centre. Discover medieval artefacts that were found at the castle, a fantastic variety of which are also on display at the centre. Stroll around the magnificent castle on its rocky plinth that juts out on to the magnificent Loch Ness.

See where the gatehouse was blown up in 1692. It was rumoured to be destroyed so that Urquhart could never be used as a stronghold again. See if you can discover some of the thousands of years of history buried beneath the rubble!


2 mi southeast of Drumnadrochit on A82, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1456 450 551
Times: April – September, daily, 9.30 am – 6.00 pm
October, daily, 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
November – March, daily, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm