Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Sat, 2009-12-19
Along the banks of Loch Ness, you will also see one of the ruins of one of the largest castles in Scotland – Castle Urquhart. Tourists can still see the four turrets, but this site is best known for its panoramic view of Loch Ness. Urquhart Castle is one of Scotland’s top 10 tourist attractions, with visitors combining an exploration of the ruins with a bit of monster spotting from its walls.
The tower that the Grant family built is the best preserved part of the castle and a climb to the top offers spectacular views across the Loch. Urquhart Castle is a Grade A listed historic monument building (ID: MHG3265) and guardianship Monument in the care of Historic Scotland. When the last soldiers marched out in 1692, they blew it up. The castle soon fell into decay. Part of the Grant Tower crashed to the ground in 1715 during a violent storm. But attitudes changed, and during the 19th century the ancient stronghold came to be viewed as a noble ruin in a majestic setting. It passed into state care in 1913, and is now one of the most visited of all Scotland’s castles.
Urquhart Bay Woods
Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre
A fascinating display of artefacts plus an audiovisual presentation, available in six languages. A large area of the Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre is dedicated to a cafe and gift shop. There is a small area with a display about the castle which includes a large scale model of how the castle would have appeared at its peak.
The Visitor Centre also offers a good filmshow about the history of the castle which lasts about 8 minutes. The filmshow explains how the castle evolved from the time of the 6th century through to its demolition in 1691 when its defenders decided to abandon it. You have to go through the visitor centre to get to the ruins, so you have to pay the admission fee.
There are café offers a great, wide-ranging menu including hot and cold snacks, home baking and picnic packs. The restaurant area within the visitor centre is a flexible setting for wedding receptions.
Pre-dinner drinks can be held on the terrace followed by a private dinner in the restaurant, whilst enjoying magnificent views overlooking Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness.
Contact: Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre Tel: 01456 450551
For further information visit: http://www.castles.org/Chatelaine/URQUHART.HTM
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