Here is a photo of Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness beyond. We didn't actually get to go and tour around the site, but it looked like a fun castle to tour. The admission price looks a little steep, but look in to the multiple site discount through Historic Scotland sites if you will be traveling to several of their sites. (If you click on the main Urquhart site from the link below, it takes you to the Historic Scotland site.)
Urquhart Castle is one one of Scotland's most visited castles. It is also one of the most exploited. We had free admission via Historic Scotland card, but otherwise I would not have bothered, instead joining the many who just park up, take a few photos for free and move on. I would save my money for the magnificent Fort George, east of inverness.
Anyway, a brief history -
Urquhart witnessed considerable conflict throughout its 500 years as a medieval fortress and its history from the 13th to 17th centuries was particularly bloody. Following Edward I’s invasion, it fell into English hands and was then reclaimed and lost again. In the 14th century, it figured prominently in the Scots’ struggle for independence and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots.
In the 15th and 16th centuries, the castle and glen were frequently raided from the west by the ambitious Macdonald Lords of the Isles.
In the care of Historic Scotland
Admission Charge - Adults £6.50
Urquhart Castle is not the usual castle, as you may think. Mostly it's in ruins. Located at the beautiful place, 2 miles from Drumnadrochit on a rocky peninsula on the banks of Loch Ness. You will get a good view into the lake from the top of the tower.
There are a variety of ways to sail expensively on the Loch, including the Jacobite cruises. However if you must empty your wallet, do it on the official tours from the visitor centre at Drumnadrochit. Here you get to take a boat with sonar (apparently no use for finding animate moving objects) and a captain who has years of experience sailing the loch and lots of personal sightings. Did it make my mind up about Loch Ness? Well, in the words of Arthur C Clarke, "On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I believe in Nessie."
Do explore Loch Ness with Scotline Tour.
We booked from Edinburgh and they are the best for creating wonderful Tours in Scotland. You can find them in 87, High Street (Royal Mile). They have about 10 different fantastic tours. We chose two of them. The first one was the Loch Ness Experience (full day) visiting the wonderful Highlands, the impressive Urquhart Castle and a very enjoyable Loch Ness cruise.
In November Loch Ness was still clinging fleetingly on to Autumn colours. The views really are hypnotic - my eyes were constantly drawn to this mystical and magical body of water. It didn't matter whether I was inside the lodge's sitting room or my bedroom or indeed outside on the terrace the Loch always deserved another look with its constantly changing colours and mood. I was surprised when I uploaded the photos to find one in black and white - but no it did contain colour but most of the colour had vanished in the ever changing light conditions you find here. Loch Ness is the second largest loch in Scotland next to Loch Lomond but is the biggest by volume, it contains more fresh water than all of the lakes in England and Wales. At its deepest point it plunges to an amazing 754 feet. At this depth it is small wonder no one has spotted Nessie - she still remains an illusion but a huge tourist draw and I would imagine she is happy residing in this most romantic spot.
Take a boat tour on Loch Ness. For around £8 you can go on an hour long cruise of Loch Ness with sonar readings of the water for all you Nessie watchers and commentary along the way over the PA telling you something of the history of the area. (Bonnie Prince Charlie was rumoured to have hidden in the mountains but it was actually a decoy).
It is very windy and it's a cold wind even in September so take a windproof jacket and maybe a beanie if you do.
According to the wikipedia - the free encyclopedia, the Loch Ness Monster, sometimes called Nessie or "Ness" is a creature or group of creatures said to live in Loch Ness, a deep freshwater loch (lake) near the city of Inverness in northern Scotland. Nessie is generally categorized as a lake monster.
Nessie has been seen in the Lake for a very long time. A legendary animal seems to be hunted till nowadays. You can try to see her too. Maybe you'll be lucky;-)
Meanwhile, Nessie continues to this day to appear on the lake, especially when the water is calm, much to the delight of not only lucky tourists, but also the local people, who depend on the tourists coming to investigate for monetary income, which helps the local economy. Nessie is an unknown animal / creature / thing, that stimulates the public's imagination to thinking that there is a element of danger and terror about its character. All the evidence, with the exception of the paranormal theories, suggests, however, that Nessie is "a shy, amiable and quite harmless" creature, that doesn't pose a threat to people.
The world famous Loch Ness monster, known affectionately as 'Nessie' by most people and by the scientific believers as Nessiteras rhombopteryx goes back a long, long way, the first recorded sighting being by no less a person than a holy saint. The saint was St. Columba and the year 565 AD.
Since then there have been may "sightings" and expeditions to find the monster. Does it really exist - who knows? But I guess if you have taken the time to come up here then you will no doubt spend some time peering at the waters in search of it. Also no doubt you will see that little disturbance and tell yourself that you have seen something!
Several companies offer cruises on Loch Ness. You can keep your eyes open for the monster and also admire the magnificent scenery. Some of them stop at the landing stage for Urquhart Castle, where you can stop off and explore the ruins.
Urquhart is on Loch Ness shoreline near Drumnadrochit in the Scottish Highlands. I visited the castle whilst doing a day tour of the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh. The castle has great views of Loch Ness and from the loch it's an impressive structure reminding those on board what a strong presence the castle once had!
The ruin castle has a turbulant past with its power struggle from the English invaders to the Scottish Lords of the Isles over 500 years. The castle was the key sight for the battles for Scottish Independence before the union in the early 18th Century. You can visit the impressive visitors centre where there is a short film presenting the history from St Columba's visit to the Jacobite uprising in 1689 (available in six languages).
I was there in May 2010. It cost me 7.00 GBP although I purchased a combined with a Loch Ness cruise at the time with the tour company so I might have got in cheaper.
On the Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands Tour I did in May 2010, there was the optional excursion to visit Urquhart Castle and take in a lake cruise. I had high expectations especially what Loch Ness connotes to and also I thoroughly enjoyed exploring Urquhart Castle.
We were scheduled to ride on part of the Jacobite Freedom Cruise where it took 30-40 to reach Clansman Harbour from Urquhart Castle. I don't remember exactly what I paid as the optional excursion but I felt I didn't get my money's worth for the cruise as it was too short. I was thinking it would an hour or so cruising. I would like to do another lake cruise again, again probably by Jacobite, but it will considerably be a longer one (from Inverness). Please check out the company's website for further information.
Loch Ness is famous worldwide because of the lake monster Nessie. Many people believe that she lives there and come to the lake trying to see her. I guess, this legend overshadows the beauty of the Loch Ness. The lake, created by a glacier, is the largest body of fresh water in Britain. It is almost 2 km (1 mile) wide and 39 km (24 miles) long. Due to its great depth Loch Ness never freezes. From any place of Loch Ness lake you'll see wonderful views. Urquhart Castle is the most famous landmark at the Loch Ness lake.
Loch ness , Lake ness is a famous lake all over the world because of the monster that people thought they saw.
This beautiful lake was on our way to Fort William and the highlands and after a short stop here we came back the other day again to enjoy this place.
There is nothing special to do here but the place is a must see because of the landscape and the monster legend.
I highly recommend the day trip to Loch Ness with 'Haggis Adventures'. They are probably more suited to the younger crowd, but the guides were so friendly and knowledgeable. They grew up in the area, and set out to make sure everyone on the bus had a great day. We travelled from the centre of Edinburgh, quite early, by bus to the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness. We then took a boat trip on Loch Ness..without any sightings. After lunch on the way back, we stopped in many quaint towns including Dunkeld, which is just picturesque. The town is basically postcard quality homes, with an old worldly style and a main street leading to a massive old church, all set next a pristine river. It was a very full day but also a very satisfying way of seeing the country with people who knew real stories about Scotland's history. If I am ever back that way I wouldn't hesitate in going with Haggis Adventures again, as they made it a very pleasant experience.