Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle overlooks Scotland's famed Loch Ness. Explore the castle ruins while keeping an eye out for Nessie.

Visiting Loch Ness has been on my bucket list since I was a kid. It's about a 30 minute drive from Inverness. Along the loch, there are several pullout areas, or laybys, where you can get out and go down to the banks of Loch Ness and have a good look.

There are a few gift shops along the way to stock up on Nessie swag. I've been asked where I got my Nessie shirts - in Loch Ness!   

Getting to explore another castle was an added bonus. Urquhart castle has a visitor center, gift shop, and cafe. Though it's a ruin, we stayed far longer than I expected. It's a good thing we didn't take one of those boat cruises that drops you off at the castle for an hour. It's a cool place.

Urquhart Flag
Urquhart trebuchet

As you make your way down to the castle, you pass by an enormous trebuchet. Can't say I've ever seen one of those before. 

Urquhart Sign
Loch Ness Sign
Urquhart Ghosts
Urquhart Castle 1
Urquhart Castle 2
Urquhart Castle Stairs
Loch Ness Boat
Loch Ness Sign 2

It was day 7, on the road and we were starting to slow down. Because we ended up staying at Urquhart so long, we ended up cutting quite a few stops from our days itinerary.

We skipped our next 3 stops: Culloden Viaduct, Clava Carins, Cawdor Castle and went straight on to Elgin Cathedral, which I had deemed unmissable. That was probably a good thing because we ended up staying there for quit awhile too! 


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