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The car park:

  • has nine accessible bays next to the visitor centre entrance
  • is level tarmac

Visitor centre

Entry is by a lift from the car park.

There is a lift down to the exhibition, shop and café area, which is all on the level. The introductory film has an induction loop.

Manual and electric wheelchairs are available for visitor use.


A steep tarmac path slopes down from the visitor centre to the castle and into the keep via a bridge.

There are paths throughout the castle, all of which are either tarmac or resin bound gravel.

Narrow spiral staircases give access to the:

  • guardhouse
  • remaining battlements
  • first floor and basement of the Grant Tower

The watergate is at the bottom of a flight of steps.

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


An adapted toilet is in the visitor centre.


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. 

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