Loch Ness tours, Scotland. Castle by Loch Ness. Scotland tourism

Weekend in Scotland on Loch Ness

The most picturesque place of the lake are the ruins of the ancient Scottish castle Urquhart

The castle existed in the XIII-XVI centuries, it was built on the site of the strengthening of past times. This castle played a major role in the wars for the independence of Scotland in the XIV century, later it became royal. Repeatedly, the castle was captured by the Counts of Ross of the Macdonald clan. In 1509, the castle was granted to the Grant clan, although the Macdonald clan still claimed possession of the castle. Despite the subsequent raids, the castle was fortified and was abandoned only after it was destroyed in 1692 as a result of the siege of the Jacobites.

On the territory of the former fortress, the sixteenth-century donjon is best preserved, a sort of castle inside the castle with several floors, many rooms and turrets in the corners. To imagine how it could look like to destruction, will have to try hard. It is from this building that the most impressive view of the castle surroundings opens.

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Loch Ness tours, Scotland. Castle by Loch Ness. Scotland tourism.

Most tourists who get to Scotland are usually limited to Edinburgh. Few reach the Loch Ness

In Scotland on Loch Ness, tourists come in the hope of seeing the local legend - Nessie. The length of the lake from Fort Augustus in the south to the lighthouse Bon in the north is 36.4 kilometers, the depth reaches 230 meters, which makes it the largest lake in terms of water in the UK and quite sufficient for a mysterious creature to live.

The old castle of Urquhart is located on the northern coast of Loch Ness. It was built on top of a cliff, on the site of an ancient Celtic settlement, and for many years repeatedly passed from the Scots to the British and back. From Urquhart you will enjoy a beautiful view of Loch Ness. The cozy Kingsmills Hotel is located in a rococo-style mansion a 15-minute walk from the center of Inverness. There are golf courses on site, and breakfast is served on the garden's glass terrace.

Scotland must be visited separately from England. This is a country (do not dare call it a province of the United Kingdom) a surprisingly rich history, fascinating nature and millenary traditions. And if the names of Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Rob Roy may sound to someone like an empty sound, then the majestic castles, rocky shores and the proud spirit of William Wallace ("Braveheart"), living in the Scots to this day, will impress any.

The first thing Scotland is associated with is the Highlanders and the mountains, the Highlands. But in fact, the Lowlands are no less interesting, especially the islands and the plains in the north-west. Speaking of the mountaineers: a resident of Scotland can be called "Scot" or, who is unpleasant to say so, "Scottish", but not "Scotch." The latter option is applicable only to objects: for example, whiskey, scrambled eggs, beef. And it is certainly better to refrain from calling the Scotsman an Englishman - he will never forgive you for this.

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