Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Scotland (with Map & Photos)

Urquhart Castle is a historic castle ruin located on the shores of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is one of Scotland's most iconic and visited castles due to its stunning location and rich history. Here are some key points about Urquhart Castle:

Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle


The castle's history dates back to the early 13th century when it was built by the Durward family. It played a significant role in Scotland's history during the Wars of Independence with England in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.


Urquhart Castle is strategically situated on the western shore of Loch Ness, a large and deep freshwater loch known for the legend of the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie). The castle's location provides breathtaking views of the loch and surrounding Highland landscape.

Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle


Over the centuries, Urquhart Castle changed hands multiple times and was involved in various conflicts and sieges. It was eventually partially destroyed in 1692 to prevent its use by Jacobite forces.


Today, Urquhart Castle is a picturesque ruin, with its gatehouse and some of its walls still intact. Visitors can explore the castle's remains, including its towers and walls, and learn about its history through informative exhibits on-site.

Urquhart Castle Map