Welcome to Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands.
Urquhart Castle is an attractive ruin sitting on a promontory jutting into Loch Ness and as such offers a superb vantage point for viewing the famous loch. The site was fortified for a period of about 1100 years, stretching from the Pictish era to the 17th century. Over the centuries the castle underwent many changes of control and experienced considerable re-building in medieval times. In 1692 the castle was slighted by Government forces to prevent the rebellious Jacobites gaining control and has been unoccupied ever since. The name Urquhart is pronounced ‘Er-kut’ and translates from the Gaelic language as ‘at the woods’.
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Urquhart Castle commands a strategic position at Strone Point about 13m/44 ft above Loch Ness near Drumnadrochit in turn about half way along the length of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. There is evidence to indicate that the site was fortified by the Picts by the 6th century AD and the early Christian missionary St Columba is reported to have visited the community there around AD 580.
The ruins evident today have their genesis in a series of stone fortifications built during the medieval period. Here is a summary chronology:
Like all medieval castles, Urquhart was a self-contained and self-reliant community. In this case the adjacent loch would have comprised the principal communication lines and means of moving supplies. The castle remains disclose many features consistent with the medieval period including gatehouse, prison, dovecot, stables, chapel, cellars, kitchens and moat. In this case the most impressive survivor is the four storey Grant Tower, a high status residence which dates from 1509. This tower remains substantially intact and visitors are free to climb the narrow stairs to the top and benefit from the stunning views of Loch Ness and surrounding area.
At the castle are suitable facilities for visitors including refreshments, shop, wash rooms and an excellent short film.
Here is a video clip of the castle and surrounding scenery.
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