Urquhart Castle, though extensively ruined was in its day one of the largest strongholds of medieval Scotland. It is situated on a headland overlooking Loch Ness.The earliest history of the castle may begin in the time of St. Columba in the 6th century, as one of the radiocarbon dates obtained in the 1983 excavations within the castle was in the range 460-660 AD. It’s probable therefore that there was a fortified settlement on Strone Point. It is not known exactly when the castle was built, but records show the existence of a castle on this site from the early 13th century. The area had been granted to the Durward family in 1229, and they were probably the builders of the castle. It was certainly in existence in 1296, as it was captured by Edward I of England at this time.
Most visitors hope to catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster as it glides past the castle !!
Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area and the largest by volume. Because of its great depth – it is deeper than the North Sea – it contains more freshwater than all the lakes in England and Wales combined. With a depth of 1017 ft (310m) only Loch Morar is deeper. So maybe Nessie lies in wait!! Best viewed large – to spot Nessie’s wake!!