All areas of this site are open (except the basement of Grant Tower), but please be sure to follow any safety messaging on site.

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 must be booked online in advance.

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

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.


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.

    The film remains closed to visitors at this time.

  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. Benches are located around the site.

  3. Visitors enter the castle through the gatehouse.

  4. Only the ground and first floors of the Grant Tower will be open to visitors at this time (basement remains closed). These spaces are accessed up sets of 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.
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Opening times

Please make an online booking to guarantee entry.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
9.30am to 6pm

1-31 Oct:
9.30am to 5pm

1 Nov to 24 Dec
9.30am to 4.30pm

27 to 31 Dec:
10am to 4pm

3 & 4 Jan:
10am to 4pm

5 Jan to 31 Mar:
9.30am to 4.30pm


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