Urquhart Castle

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Important notice

On Friday 31 May, the castle will open at the later time of 11.30am



Discover more than 1,000 years of stirring history centred on the Great Glen. The magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the shore of Loch Ness, has seen some of the most dramatic chapters in our nation’s story.

Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart saw great conflict during its 500 years as a medieval fortress. Control of the castle passed back and forth between the Scots and English during the Wars of Independence. The power struggles continued, as the Lords of the Isles regularly raided both castle and glen up until the 1500s.

The last of the government troops garrisoned here during the Jacobite Risings blew up the castle when they left. Urquhart’s iconic ruins remain, offering glimpses into medieval times and the lives of its noble residents.

What to see and do

  • Admire the strategic setting of the castle, on a rocky promontory with an open outlook up and down Loch Ness
  • Soak up the atmosphere of one of Scotland’s most famous lochs
  • Take in the Grant Tower
  • Imagine splendid banquets staged in the Great Hall
  • Peer into the gloomy prison cell, said to have held legendary Gaelic bard Dòmhnall Donn
  • See the Urquhart Ewer and other medieval artefacts left by castle residents
  • View the full-sized trebuchet
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz (also in French, Gaelic, German, Italian, Scots and Spanish).
  • Tour through the castle with our audio guide using your own mobile phone with internet access - included in ticket price

Opening times

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

Apr to Aug: Daily, 9.30am to 8pm (last entry 7pm)

Sept: Daily, 9.30am to 6pm (last entry 5pm)

Oct: Daily, 9.30am to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Nov to Mar: Daily, 9.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm)

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