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TITLE
Castle Urquhart
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_351_P219
PLACENAME
Drumnadrochit
DISTRICT
Aird
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston
DATE OF IMAGE
1776
PERIOD
1760s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31172
KEYWORDS
Castle Urquhart
castles
Urquhart
Loch Ness
highlands
buildings
attacks
Historic Scotland
Castle Urquhart

Urquhart Castle is located just over a mile to the east of Drumnadrochit at the eastern end of Glen Urquhart. It sits on a rocky promontory overlooking Loch Ness with views up to Inverness and down to Fort Augustus. There has been a fortified building on the site since the Iron Age.

The castle passed from the Durwards to the Comyns in the 13th century and was occupied by Edward I who enlarged the building and increased the fortifications. The castle was regularly attacked by the MacDonald Lords of the Isles. It changed hands many times, was occupied by Covenanters and Jacobites before being blown up in 1691 to prevent it from becoming a Jacobite stronghold.

This illustration was taken from 'A Tour in Scotland' by Thomas Pennant

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Castle Urquhart

INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston

1760s

Castle Urquhart; castles; Urquhart; Loch Ness; highlands; buildings; attacks; Historic Scotland

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Urquhart Castle is located just over a mile to the east of Drumnadrochit at the eastern end of Glen Urquhart. It sits on a rocky promontory overlooking Loch Ness with views up to Inverness and down to Fort Augustus. There has been a fortified building on the site since the Iron Age. <br /> <br /> The castle passed from the Durwards to the Comyns in the 13th century and was occupied by Edward I who enlarged the building and increased the fortifications. The castle was regularly attacked by the MacDonald Lords of the Isles. It changed hands many times, was occupied by Covenanters and Jacobites before being blown up in 1691 to prevent it from becoming a Jacobite stronghold.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'A Tour in Scotland' by Thomas Pennant