Urquhart Castle

The castle sits upon Strone Point, which is Gaelic for the “nose”. As usual with Gaelic this is a descriptive name as this point of land protrudes out into the Loch making it one of the few headlands where it is possible to look down the Loch in both directions. This coupled with the area of fertile land situated directly behind it made it an ideal area to settle.

There has been a fortified structure on this site since at least the 5th century although the ruins standing here today date from around the 13th century. Urquhart has played its part in some of the notable encounters of Scottish history having been captured by Edward the 1st of England, the MacDonalds and later reduced to its current state during the Jacobite rebellions.