Urquhart Castle (pronounced ‘Ur-kert’) is a popular destination on our 4 hour Loch Ness Tour. The castle is in a very picturesque position on the northern shore of Loch Ness near Drumnadrochit. An area famous for its sightings of ‘Nessie’ – the fabled Loch Ness monster.
Urquhart castle started life as a Pict fort, and legend has it that St. Columba visited the area in the sixth century.
First formally documented in the thirteenth century, the castle has a long history of battles, skirmishes and sieges. It finally fell into disuse around 1690 when the gatehouse was blown up – the remains of which can be seen today. The roof of the Tower – ‘Grant Tower’ collapsed after a severe storm in 1715.
The visitor centre includes an audio visual presentation, tea rooms and gift shops.
- Historic Scotland – Urquhart Castle (Offical Site)
- Uquhart castle History – Wikipedia
- Pictures of Urqhart Castle on Flickr
Map – Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness
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