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The magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness, remains an impressive stronghold despite its ruinous state. 

Once one of Scotlandís largest castles, Urquhartís remains include a tower house that commands splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen.

Urquhart witnessed considerable conflict throughout its 500 years as a medieval fortress and its history from the 13th to 17th centuries was particularly bloody. Following Edward Iís invasion, it fell into English hands and was then reclaimed and lost again. In the 14th century, it figured prominently in the Scotsí struggle for independence and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots. 

In the 15th and 16th centuries, the castle and glen were frequently raided from the west by the ambitious MacDonald Lords of the Isles.

Nowadays itís a popular place for "NessieĒ spotting; in fact there have been more sightings from the castle than anywhere else!

 

Tours that visit Urquhart Castle:

From Inverness

Loch Ness Temptation (1 day)
Loch Ness Passion (1 day)
The Highland Experience (1 day)

From Edinburgh

Glen Coe, Loch Ness and Inverness (1 day)
Highlands and the Isle of Skye (3 days)
Scottish Wilderness (3 days)
Over the sea to Skye (3 days)
Best of the Highlands (4 days)
Inverness, Skye and the Highlands (4 days)
Highland Explorer (5 days)

From Glasgow

Highlands and the Isle of Skye (3 days)
Scottish Wilderness (3 days)
Over the sea to Skye (3 days)
Best of the Highlands (4 days)
Inverness, Skye and the Highlands (4 days)
Highland Explorer (5 days)