Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle Ruins

Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart Castle saw great conflict during its 500 years as a medieval fortress. Control of Urquhart Castle passed back and forth between the Scots and English during the Wars of Independence. The power struggles continued, as the Lords of the Isles regularly raided both castle and glen up until the 1500s.

The last of the government troops garrisoned here during the Jacobite Risings blew up the castle when they left. Urquhart’s iconic ruins remain, offering glimpses into medieval times and the lives of its noble residents.

The Castle – or what’s left of it – sits on the shore overlooking the waters of Loch Ness at Strone Point.

Strone Point has been a point of strategic importance since the Iron Age and Urquhart Castle has been changing hands between the English and the Scots for well over 400 years since it’s construction.

Finally, over 2 centuries ago, it was finally destroyed with gunpowder explosives at the end of the 17th Century in order to prevent Urquhart Castle from falling into the hands of the Jacobite Uprising.

Urquart Castle suffered further damage during a violent storm in the 18th Century, which caused the south-western wall of the castle’s remains to collapse – the rubble sliding forever into the murky waters of Loch Ness.

Today the Castle is a popular tourist attraction (including a new environmentally friendly and state of the art underground visitor centre)!

Read more about Urquhart Castle at the Loch Ness Guide Web Site, or try some of these Urquhart Castle Links: