Urquhart Castle can be found on the A82 road, 20 miles south-west of Inverness and about 2 miles east of the village of Drumnadrochit, in Gaelic meaning “Ridge of The Bridge.
The castle stands on a rocky promontory on the north shore of Loch Ness, in the Highlands of Scotland, evidence has been found of a fort on this promontory dating from the Iron Age, and also remains from Pictish times, earliest written records for the existence of a castle date from the 1200's.
By 1346 ownership of the castle passed from the Earls of Moray back to the Scottish Crown again, with Crown money substantial building and repair was completed.
Throughout the end of the 1300's and well into the 1400's Castle Urquhart fell again and again to Clan MacDonald, Lords of the Isles only to be retaken again and again by the Crown.
Urquhart Castle was seized by the English after Edward I’s invasion, reclaimed and seized again, was under the control of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots in the 14th century.
The Castles bloody and turbulent history has played several important roles in Scottish history, in particular the cruelty in the suffering, devastation and blood shed during the 13th to 17th centuries of the ordinary people living in the Great Glen.
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Urquhart Castle was repeatedly attacked during the 15th and 16th centuries by the MacDonald Lords of the Isles.
In 1692 where it was largely destroyed in the fight between the Williamite and Jacobite groups.
The Castle was gifted in 2003 by the owner to the National Trust for Scotland.
Today the 5 storey tower house and demolished stone structures is a entire ruin, offering magnificent views of Loch Ness, Home to the Loch Ness monster.