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West Virginia, West Virginia
October 4, 2011
From journal Seeking Nessie
by Cindy Grant
June 27, 2011
From journal The Scotland Ghostour
August 29, 2009
From journal Scotland The Brave
June 8, 2006
From journal Scotland, Back to the Home of Golf, and More
April 9, 2004
There is a brand-new visitor center, which includes a large gift shop, cafe, and multimedia presentation of the history of the castle and area. Adjacent to the visitor's complex is a free car park.
2M S of Drumnadrochit on the A82
From journal All around Scotland
June 22, 2002
You really can't beat the view from the castle grounds. It lies right along Loch Ness, which is a long and not particularly wide loch with beautiful blue waters. While we were there, a couple of RAF fighter planes flew by, following the Loch's path. It was a sight to see.
The castle lies on a rocky promontory jutting into Loch Ness, and was seen as an ideal site for a fortified residence. Although there is evidence that the site has been occupied since 2000 BC, the earliest record of a castle at Urquhart is in the 13th century. As the location was so prized by rival clans looking for secure places to reside, the castle changed hands many times over the centuries. It was last inhabited during the Jacobite troubles in the 1690's, at which time government troops in residence blew up much of the castle when they departed. The site, no longer habitable, fell into decay for more centuries, resulting in the ruins seen today.
As an example of an extensive Highland castle in a beautiful location that has a long and bloody history and the possibility of monster sightings, Urquhart can't be beat. The property is run by Historic Scotland; a travel pass will waive the £5 adult admission charge. Visit the website
for more information.
PS - when we were there in September 2001, they were furiously working on a new visitor's center. I understand it has since opened.
From journal Driving Through Scotland
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
June 19, 2002
From journal There's More to Inverness than Nessie
October 6, 2001
Urquhart sits on a peninsula about midpoint in the loch where those approaching by boat could be seen far away. This castle sums up centuries of Scottish history and has become an icon. There has been a fortress here (although probably of wood in the beginning) since Iron age times. The first written words about the castle were from a Celtic Monk in the autobiography of St. Columba who visited the castle around the year 800. This is also where documentation of the Loch Ness monster appears for the first time.
The castle became a chess piece in the centeries long fight between the English and the Scots until it was blown-up by the English during the Jacobite times.
Today, there is a huge renovation project for a new visitor center. Although necessary, the metal fencing takes away from photography from the parking areas. The walk down to the castle is a bit uneven and fairly steep if one were to return uphill.
What you see are ruins of this once immense stonghold. The 5 storey tower is what will catch your eye, and you can wander up the spiral staircase to the top if the area isn't too crowded with tourists. This is where the Laird would have had his private chambers.
Wander about and visit the blacksmith and Iron forgers area in the 2 layers of cellars. One of the outer compounds had a corn drying room that was interesting where a lower wood fire would slowly dry the corn resting above. There is also a foundation for the chapel that once stood nearby. Head towards the boat docks to see a huge catapult that would have lobbed nasty things at boats passing by. The dock area is another place where you can get a good picture looking back towards the ancient tower.
From journal Highland Fling in Inverness
South Florida, Florida
November 25, 2000
From journal A Loch Ness quickie
Oakhurst, New Jersey
October 6, 2000
From journal Touring Loch Ness & Inverness