Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle Ruins

Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle Ruins

Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle Ruins

You'll journey from Invergordon alongside the banks of Cromarty Firth to Beauly and drive through a series of glens in route to Loch Ness.

Continue on through Inverness, an important trading port since the 9th-century, passing the cathedral and Inverness Castle. The current castle dates from the 19th-century but a series of castles have occupied the site since the Middle Ages.

The jagged ruins of Urquhart Castle stand next to the dark waters of Loch Ness.

During its turbulent history, the castle was plundered by the MacDonald clan of the Western Isles and later destroyed during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-1746.

All that remains are crumbling walls - but legends persist that a cave beneath the castle is the home of legendary monster Nessie.

The Loch itself is 24 miles long, a mile wide and 740-feet deep. The path leading to Urquhart Castle affords superb views of the ruins and the Loch.


  • Loch Ness
  • Urquhart Castle


Browse the gift shop at the Loch Ness Visitor Center for souvenirs.

Departure Location

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