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Inverness & Loch Ness Castles

In Inverness and around Loch Ness we are lucky enough to have 6 Scottish castles in our area. 5 offer Castle visitor attractions and 2 are open for private hire, events and weddings, or for Castle estate holidays when visiting Scotland. You can enjoy tours of our famous castle visitor attractions in Inverness and on Loch Ness at 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 visits to the North Tower and viewing platform.

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…

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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. The magnificently situated 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. 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. 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 whilst taking in the Grant Tower and the unmissable views from the castle battlements.

Castle Tour Guides will talk you through the splendid banquets staged in the Castles Great Hall and talk you through the Urquhart Ewer and other medieval artefacts left by castle residents. Peer into the gloomy prison cell, said, to have held legendary Gaelic bard Dòmhnalll Donn.

Urquart Castle also enjoys a full-sized, working trebuchet (stone-throwing machine) – 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

Cawdor Castle and its beautiful Castle gardens can be found 30 minutes from Inverness in the parish of Cawdor, near Nairn. 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 well known 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”. It’s Garden’s too hold high significance being included in the national listing of significant gardens. You can enjoy it’s historic Walled Garden (originally planted in the 17th century), the Flower Garden (planted in the 18th century), and the Wild Garden (added in 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. A perfect day trip to 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 Scottish origins lie in the Middle Ages, but 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.

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

Visit Dunrobin Castle

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