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Urquhart Castle, Overlooking Loch Ness

Scotland is littered with romantic castles and ruined monuments but few are as haunting as Urquhart Castle. The building itself is now largely a ruin, but its location on the banks of Loch Ness is simply stunning. Sweeping views out across the inky-blue depths of this famous lake can be totally absorbing.

A Visit to Urquhart Castle - Hotel Barge Scottish Highlander (2:30)

We visit Urquhart Castle and Invermoriston Falls where, if you are lucky, you may see a wild salmon leaping its away upstream. Perhaps you will spot Nessie from this excellent vantage point of Loch Ness.

Urquart Castle was one of the great castles taken by the English when Edward I invaded in 1296. Control passed back and forth between the Scots and English during the Wars of Independence. The Lords of the Isles seized the castle repeatedly in the later Middle Ages, in an effort to expand their territory into the north-east.

In the 1500s, Clan Grant was given the castle and charged with its repair and with bringing it back into use.

Urquhart Castle was garrisoned for the last time in 1689, following the exile of the Catholic King James VII, and his replacement by the Protestant monarchs William II and Mary II. In 1692, the towering gatehouse was deliberately blown up so that the castle could never again be a military stronghold.


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