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Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness, a thirteenth century fort and a perfect spot for Nessie watching should it appear.

Inverness is a stone’s throw from the mysterious beauty of Loch Ness. A sixteen mile journey along the lake side A82 may not guarantee a glimpse of the Loch Ness monster but you are promised, at the road’s conclusion, the stunning Urquhart Castle.

After refreshment and a warm Highland welcome at the local town of Drumnadrochit, 13th century Urquhart Castle is but a small drive away upon the western shore of the world’s most famous loch.

Owned by Historic Scotland, the castle is accessed through a visitors’ centre. In addition to a wealth of historical exhibitions, there are the usual facilities here including a cafe (offering a stunning panoramic vista of the castle below and Loch Ness beyond) and a gift shop.

Serving as a medieval fortress for five centuries, the castle’s history is a formidable one. Featuring prominently in the fight for Scottish independence this was where Robert the Bruce faced his enemies as the Scots King.

Urquhart Castle is open all year with the exception of Christmas and Boxing Day.


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