Inverness & Loch Ness Castles

Near Inverness, Loch Ness and the surrounding countryside we are lucky enough to have 6 Scottish castles. 4 offer castle visitor attractions and 2 are open for private hire, events and weddings. You can even use some castle estates as holiday homes when visiting Scotland.

You can enjoy tours of our famous castle visitor attractions in Inverness and on Loch Ness. These include Urquhart Castle, Cawdor Castle and Dunrobin Castle. We also have Inverness Castle on the banks of the River Ness in the city of Inverness. Currently, Inverness Castle is open to visitors to the North Tower and viewing platform.

Are you visiting Scotland on holiday and want to stay in a Scottish Castle? If you book an exclusive event or wedding in Inverness you can hire out the beautiful Achnagairn Castle or Aldourie Castle. Or stay on a self-catering holiday on their castle estates.

Our Historic Scottish Castles

Visitor Attraction Castles: Urquhart Castle, Cawdor Castle and Dunrobin Castle.

Exclusive Hire Castles: Achnagairn Castle or Aldourie Castle

Nearby Castles: Eilean Donan Castle, Old Inverlochy Castle, Invergarry Castle, Castle Leod, Beaufort Castle and Rait Castle.

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Visit Urquhart Castle

Sitting on the banks of Loch Ness this historic Scottish Castle attraction is a must for any explorer.

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness

Discover more than 1,000 years of stirring history centred on the Great Glen. 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, the castle saw a lot of 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 stationed 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.

Visiting Urquhart Castle

When you visit, you can admire the strategic setting of the castle. Set on a rocky promontory, it enjoys an open outlook up and down Loch Ness. Soak up the atmosphere of one of Scotland’s most famous lochs whilst taking in the Grant Tower and the unmissable views from the castle.

Tour guides will talk you through the splendid banquets staged in the Castles Great Hall. They will also explain all about Urquhart Ewer and other medieval artefacts left by castle residents. Afterwards, you can even peer into the gloomy prison cell, said to have held legendary Gaelic bard Dòmhnalll Donn.

Additionally, Urquart Castle enjoys a full-sized, working trebuchet – a stone-throwing machine. It’s the kind used in historic Scottish battles to penetrate the castle walls.

Have a great day out and take young explorers on these wonderful attractions four exciting “Discover Explorer Missions” around the castle.

Visit Urquart Castle

Castles Around Inverness

Visit Cawdor Castle

This Historic Scottish Castle was built around its 15th-century tower house.

Cawdor Castle Near Inverness

30 minutes from Inverness sits Cawdor Castle and its beautiful gardens. This ancient Scottish castle was originally built for the Calder family and later passed to the Campbells in the 16th century. This is still a castle in residence, as home to the Dowager Countess Cawdor, stepmother of Colin Campbell, 7th Earl Cawdor.

Cawdor Castle is one of the most well known of the Scottish castles. This is due to it’s literary connection to William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. It was here the Shakespeare’s title character was made “Thane of Cawdor”.

Its gardens are stunning. They include it’s historic Walled Garden from the 17th century, the Flower Garden from the 18th century, and the Wild Garden from the 1960’s. In addition, the castle also enjoys nature trails and walks in its grounds, including ancient Scottish woods.

Visit Cawdor Castle

Highland Castles, A Little Further North

Visit Dunrobin Castle

A stunning Scottish stately home Castle which was the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland.

Dunrobin Castle North of Inverness

Just over an hour north of Inverness lies the beautiful Dunrobin Castle. This is a perfect day trip opportunity. Why not explore more of the Scottish North East coast and the first leg of the North Coast 500? This Scottish castle and stately home is the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland.

Dunrobin Castle’s origins lie in the Middle Ages. Most of the incredible structures of the present building and the intricate gardens were added between 1835 and 1850. Some of the original building is visible within the interior courtyard. The expansions and alterations make it the largest house in the north of Scotland.

After being used as a boarding school for seven years, it is now open to the public.

We hope this has given you a flavour of the amazing Scottish castles you can visit around Inverness. Let us know your favourite on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

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