Urquhart, Scottish Castles Urquhart Castle on the Banks of Loch Ness Scotland
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Scotland, Loch Ness Castle near Inverness ~the beautiful picturesque Urquhart Castle are situated 2 miles from Drumnadrochit Telephone +44 (0)1456 450551.
Castle First Impressions
~ we loved the beautiful location of this medieval scottish castles overlooking the amazing Loch Ness ~ a real treasure for playing knights, princesses and Kings, this lets your imagination run wild ~ is is mainly ruined but there is still lots to see and to be climbed upon, and in good weather a walk along the shores of Loch Ness Scottish Castles Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle History :
~ originally there was a Pictish fort overlooking Loch Ness on the space where Urquhart Castle now stands and it has been speculated that there may even have been an Iron Age stronghold before that. ~ some historians believe that King William the Lion may also have built a wooden fortress on the site before the first stone castle was ever build ~ Around 1230, Alan Durward was appointed lord of Urquhart ~ King Edward of England marched into Scotland in 1296 occupied Urquhart Castle and left an English garrison there ~ Robert the Bruce took Urquhart castle in 1308 ~ the castle changed hands several times until in the 17th century the castle had been rebuilt and was occupied by the Urquhart family ~ it was raided by the Covenanters in 1644 and every possible treasure of value removed bu the vandals ~ By the end of the 17th century it was no longer a stronghold and became a ruin once again ~ In 1912 Urquhart Castle was handed over to the state and has been looked after by Historic Scotland ever since ~ scottish castles urquhart castle
Castle Insider Tips
~ there is an excellent visitor centre run by Historic Scotland which includes an exhibition about scottish castles urquhart castle, film show, shop and restaurant ~ there is still a real wooden gangway , a bit drawbridge like to enter Urquhart Castle there which well send many a young knights imagination running wild ~ Try going right down to the shore via the water-gate which is located directly opposite the gate-house , this would have benn the way that people entered this scottish castle in the olden days ~ Even if you are coming across this area during the nigth it s worth a visit as the whole of this scottish castle is floodlit at night- a beautiful sight
Castle Must Sees - What we liked best
~ 16th century tower house ~ a gatehouse, ~ ancient castle walling overlooking Loch Ness ~ brilliant Loch Ness view and walk around this scottish castles urquhart castle
Castle Horror - What we did not like
~ there used to be hardly any parking around this scottish castles urquhart castle and people would park on the grass verges destroying the beautiful countryside ~ please take care when visiting to leave the place intact for other people to enjoy its beauty
~ very often a real scottish piper can be heard on the grounds of Urquhart Castle ~ a BagPiper is a man playing a bagpipe and wearing a scottish kilt ( the traditional scottish costume) can be found at Urquhart Castle
Summer opening hours are Monday to Sunday 9.30am - 6.30pm (last entry 5.45pm) In the winter (October - March), 9.30 am - 4.30pm (last entry 3.45pm).
Castle Entry Costs ~Admission charge 6 pounds for adults, 2.40 for children.
Castle Facilities: ~ there a no facilities at this castle as it is more or less a ruin ~ there is a visitor centre nearby which includes an exhibition, film show, shop and restaurant
Scottish Castles Urquhart Castle
~ this scottish castles Urquhart Castle has stunning views over Loch Ness and kids will have a faboulous time going "Monster Spotting" at Loch Ness ~ kids will love this castleas you can clamber all over it, climp the 5ft tower, walk the drawbridge and imagine being a princess climbing up the beautiful spiral staircase wiating for your dashing prince to rescue you ~ there is a fab Loch Ness exhibitions at Drumnadrochit which we loved, with a big film, a "real " Nessie Loch Ness Monster in the pond and lots of interactive stuff to enjoy with kids ( to have the Nessie sculpture there is brilliant for little kids who get easily disappointed if they cant spot Nessie :-) in the Loch Ness, Maya was well happy to see it ~ It is soo much fun taking a boatride on Loch Ness going hunting for "Nessie" the Loch Ness Monster, we did not see it but hey maybe you have better luck ~ if you are in the area for a while try making a visit Dolphin watching on Moray Firth , you can take a cruise along the Moray Firth to look for bottle nosed dolphins. You may also spot seals, porpoises and sea birds such as osprey and terns
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