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 and the unmissable views from its battlements
• Imagine splendid banquets staged in the Great Hall
• Peer into the gloomy prison cell, said to have held legendary Gaelic bard Dòmhnalll Donn
• See the Urquhart Ewer and other medieval artefacts left by castle residents
• View the full-sized, working trebuchet (stone-throwing machine)
• Take young explorers on four exciting Discover Explore missions around the castle
Prices and Opening Times:
Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
Child aged 5-15: £5.10
Child under 5: FREE
Please show membership card when purchasing Jacobite Cruise tickets to ensure Urqhuart Castle entrance fee is deducted.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Concession price: this applies if you can show proof that you’re aged 60+ or unemployed. Admission prices are subject to change.
Opening Times -
1 April to 30 September: Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 6pm
1 October to 31 October: Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5pm
1 November to 31 March: Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 4.30pm
New Year’s Day (1 January): 11am to 4.30pm
Last entry is 45 minutes before closing
Closed: 25 and 26 December
More info: www.historicenvironment.scot/urquhart-castle