Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle

I’ve wanted to go to Loch Ness since I was a little kid. The whole idea of ‘Nessy’ is something that captivated me since I was a kid. 

The loch was a good three hours away from where we were staying, a journey that was made even longer by a car we followed for about 40 minutes who insisted upon driving at 30mph in a 60 zone, for no reason.

Loch Ness Forecasting StoneJacobite Loch Ness cruise boat

To my surprise, there aren’t many places that you can get down to the shores of Loch Ness. We decided to do a boat trip around the loch, and to Urquhart Castle to see more of the loch, and because we’re all big castle fans. 

There are a few points you can get cruises around Loch Ness from. Out of interest, we went on the Jacobite Freedom, The Clansmen and the Castle from Clansman Harbour. 

As we set off towards the castle, we could see big grey clouds ahead. Thankfully, the changeable Scottish weather was kind to us, and it cleared up.

Rain clouds over Loch NessLoch Ness from a Jacobite boatNo puffin

We stepped off the boat to glorious sunshine and blue skies. Oh, and a trebuchet, which instantly caught Tom’s attention. He loves trebuchets and wants to build one of his own. Urquhart Castle from Loch NessUrquhart CastleUrquhart CastleTrebuchet Urquhart Castle

The ruins of the castle were beautiful, and I can only imagine how stunning it must have been when it was in it’s full glory, perched at the edge of Loch Ness. It must have been quite a sight. 

The main tower had been renovated a little so that you could climb it and take in the views. 

Urquhart CastleUrquhart Castle arrow slit

Something that always amazes me about castles is how ridiculously tiny, tight and uneven the staircases are. It must have been awful to try and climb up and down those stairs all the time, especially in the dark when you might have been carrying a candle or a light to see by. Or perhaps, we’re just used to nice, wide, even staircases? Maybe it was a piece of cake.

As we headed back on the boat, I had a good look for Nessie but I couldn’t see her. However, I did begin to understand why people might have thought they saw things. The loch is so deep, and the water is dark, so I can imagine how the waves might play tricks on the eyes. 

Visiting Loch Ness was a childhood dream come true, and I’d love to go back again. I’m sure I’ll watch Nessie documentaries with even more excitement knowing I’ve been there now. 

Have you ever been to Loch Ness? 

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  • danniella josephine

    Looooove your pictures in this post 🙂 it looks like you went on such a nice day too 🙂 look at those blue skies!

    Dannie x

    http://www.famousinjapan.co.uk

    • Thanks Dannie. We got really lucky! It was sunny as we drove up there, but as we got on the boat it started to rain and it looked really heavy at the castle, as we got closer it cleared up. And then as we were getting back on the boat it started to rain again! So we got lucky, but the weather was wonderful when we were at the castle.

  • carlyvanwatts

    I’m glad you got a chance to visit! I totally get what you mean about the stairs in castles, they make me feel so claustrophobic – I’m sure I would have fallen many times if I only had a candle to see by! xx

    • Me too! I wonder how many people ended up with injuries as a result of falling down staircases back in the day.

  • I went up to Loch Ness, oh god I forget how many years ago (I feel old, it might be well over 10 years ago now). So beautiful up there. Love exploring old castles too.

    • It’s stunning isn’t it? That part of Scotland is breathtaking, and always makes me feel like I’m in Canada somewhere.

  • Wow, your photos are lovely! I always make jokes about Nessie but never actually thought about visiting Loch Ness – how have I missed that? The ‘No Puffin’ sign also made me laugh far more than it should have. I think they need to be rolled out across the UK to be honest!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

    • Thanks Rachael, it’s well worth a visit if you ever have the chance.
      I thought the ‘no puffin’ signs were funny too, I think you could buy them on the boat.

  • This sounds like a fabulous trip, Scotland is amazing isn’t it. I wish you had seen Nessie!

    • It’s such a beautiful place! It’s been about a month since we got back, and I still wish I could go back right now.

  • What a pretty place! I’ve always wanted to visit the Loch Ness. Loved the forecasting stone notice hahah!

    • It made me laugh too, especially the bottom one about Nessie being about.