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Urquhart Castle
The Great Glen

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle is a beautiful ruin sitting on a small hill on the shores of Loch Ness. More than a thousand years of history and adventure are hidden in its ruins. It has been visited by saints, owned by kings and raided by clans.

Are you brave enough to uncover Urquhart Castle’s past?

Missions to do in this location

Mission name User rating Badge

Trail Mission: Spying for the MacDonalds

COMPLETE the trail mission, DISCOVER the answer to the question, WIN your badge!
Urquhart Castle Spy

The Games Mission: Investigating the Trebuchet

COMPLETE three Games missions, DISCOVER the answers, WIN The Games Explorer Badge!
The Games Explorer

Buddy Mission: Urquhart Archaeologists

CREATE a daredevil team, EXPLORE the unknown, REWARD your Buddies!

On the Way Mission: Is that a boat... or is that Nessie?

TRAVEL to your fun-tastic location, DISCOVER the world around you, KEEP your eyes, ears and noses open!

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Info for grown ups

Address: Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, IV63 6XJ
Urquhart Castle is situated on the A82 along the side of Loch Ness. If travelling south on the A82 from Inverness it is about 25 minute's drive, just after the village of Drumnadrochit.
Available at the visitor centre. Accessible parking available alongside the entrance to the visitor centre.
Opening Times:
1 April - 30 September 9.30am to 6.00pm
1 October - 31 October 9.30am to 5.00pm
1 November - 31 March 9.30am to 4.30pm
Fees: Adult £7.40; Child £4.50; Concession £5.70
Last tickets sold 45 min before closing.
Toilets: Available at the visitor centre.
Refreshments: Available at the visitor centre or in local village Drumnadrochit.
Time for missions: Up to 3 hours.
If you are visiting with a large group or for any further advice please contact the stewards at the Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre before you go on 01456 450 551

Top survival tips

Top Survival Tips:
Stick together – make sure you explore with a grown-up or tell them where you are going.
Stay on the paths outside - don't try to cut corners by going down the grass banks.

Explorer Essentials:
Paper, pens, pencils.
Something to lean on like a book or clipboard.
Camera (if you have one)

View the Survival Guide

Discover Explore has been built by The Workshop. It is part of Discovering Places which is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor

Discovering Places is delivered in partnership between The Heritage Alliance and London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Original artwork by Tom Morgan-Jones & The Geography Collective.