Urquhart Castle

By Drumnadrochit, near Inverness, IV63 6XJ

01456 450 551
 

Access

All areas of this site are open, but please be sure to follow any safety messaging on site.

Face coverings

In line with Scottish Government guidance, we strongly encourage visitors to continue to wear face coverings in interior spaces.

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.

Parking

Parking is free, but must be booked online in advance.

There is a level, tarmac surfaced car park with accessible bays.

Please note, there is currently no access to the castle by private boat while we carry out repairs to the jetty. 

Approach to site

Visitors approach the visitor centre across the car park

Security and bag restrictions

For reasons of ease of movement, visitor safety and general security, suitcases and large rucksacks are not permitted in the castle.

We are unable to store luggage, prams, pushchairs or other personal items for visitors.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at Urquhart Castle.

Visiting the site

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Image of one-way numbered route map for Urquhart Castle

  1. Staff here will control the flow of visitors, and can provide any additional assistance.

    Access to the shop, café and castle is down a steep tarmac ramp.

    There is an adapted toilet in this area.

  2. From the visitor centre, there is a steep tarmac path down to the castle and a bridge into the keep. There are paths throughout the castle, all in tarmac or bound gravel. 

  3. Visitors enter the castle through the gatehouse.

  4. The Grant Tower is accessed via wooden stairs.

  5. The Watergate is at the bottom of a sloped tarmac path and down a steep set of steps.

  6. The ruins of the early castle and dovecot are up a steep and stepped tarmac path.

  7. Benches are located around the site.
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Opening times

The visitor centre will be closed on Mon 14 & Tue 15 November. There will be no access to the shop, café or exhibition. The castle is open and toilet facilities will be available, including an accessible toilet.

We recommend booking online in advance for the best price and to guarantee entry.

Apr, May and Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 6pm
Last entry 5.15pm

Jun to Aug:
Daily, 9.30am to 8pm
Last entry 7.15pm

Oct:
Daily, 9.30am to 5pm
Last entry 4.15pm

Nov to Mar:
Daily, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Last entry 3.45pm

1 Jan - the castle opens at the later time of 11am.

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