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Drumnadrochit, Inverness in Inverness-shire, Scotland, United Kingdom
 

Caisteal Ainmeal Urchadain

The Famous Castle of Urquhart

 
 
Caisteal Ainmeal Urchadain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 6, 2013
1. Caisteal Ainmeal Urchadain Marker
Inscription.
The greatest castle of the Scottish Highlands stands before you. Within its ruined walls, you can discover stories of the remarkable people who lived here, learn more about some of the dramatic chapters in Scotland's history and share memorable views over Loch Ness with generations of visitors.

Highland Fortress Highlights
1. Grant Tower: home of the Grants, built on the original 14th-century donjon tower.

2. Gatehouse: the defences around the main entrance, deliberately destroyed by the garrison.

3. Great Hall: the centre of castle life, where banquets were held and justice was administered.

4. Water Gate: the entrance for everyone approaching Urquhart by boat from Loch Ness.

5. Citadel: the core of the first castle built on top of an ancient hill fort.

The People's Story
The residents of Urquhart left a remarkable collection of objects behind them. Many have been unearthed by archaeologists withing the ruins of the castle.

The artefacts of everyday life in a medieval fortress are on display in the visitor centre. We have used them to get a glimpse of the people who lived and worked here.

The Gaelic Story
Gaelic has been spoken here for more than 1,500 years. It was the tongue of kings and commoners throughout much of Scotland and has a rich tradition of poetry and song.

Although Gaelic has been
Caisteal Ainmeal Urchadain Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Caisteal Ainmeal Urchadain Marker
in decline since the 1500's, it is still used and gained official recognition as a national language in 2005. We have used Gaelic to help tell Urquhart's story.

(Captions)
Right: An artist's impression of how Urquhart Castle may have looked in its heyday in the 1300's.

'The famous castel of Urquhart: of quhilk the rewinous wallis remains yet in gret admiratioun of pepill.'

Hector Boece, 1527

(quhilk; which; pepill: people)
 
Erected by Historic Scotland.
 
Location. 57° 19.439′ N, 4° 26.638′ W. Marker is in Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Scotland, in Inverness-shire. Marker is on A82. Touch for map. Marker located behind the Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre overlooking the grounds and Urquhart Castle.
 
Also see . . .  Urquhart Castle. Historic Scotland's brief history of the Castle: "...Urquhart was once one of Scotlandís largest castles. Its remains include a tower house – the most recent building on the site – that commands splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen. Urquhart witnessed considerable conflict throughout its 500 years as a medieval fortress and its history from the 1200s to the 1600s was particularly bloody. Following the invasion of King Edward I of England in 1296, it fell into English hands and was then reclaimed and lost again. In the 1300s it figured prominently in the Scotsí struggle for independence and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots in 1306. In
Caisteal Ainmeal Urchadain Marker image. Click for full size.
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3. Caisteal Ainmeal Urchadain Marker
Marker as seen from atop Urquhart Castle looking toward the visitor centre (yellow arrow).
the 1400s and 1500s, the castle and glen were frequently raided from the west by the ambitious MacDonald Lords of the Isles....
(Submitted on August 24, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Looking south atop Urquhart Castle (Grant Tower) image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 6, 2013
4. Looking south atop Urquhart Castle (Grant Tower)
Loch Ness and the grounds of Urquhart Castle.
Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle image. Click for full size.
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5. Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle
Looking north in the direction of Inverness.
Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre Artefacts #1 image. Click for full size.
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6. Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre Artefacts #1
Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre Artefacts #2 image. Click for full size.
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7. Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre Artefacts #2
Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre Artefacts #3 image. Click for full size.
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8. Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre Artefacts #3
Urquhart Castle Model image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 6, 2013
9. Urquhart Castle Model
Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre Artefacts #4 image. Click for full size.
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10. Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre Artefacts #4
Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre Artefacts #5 image. Click for full size.
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11. Urquhart Castle Visitor Centre Artefacts #5
Castle Urquhart and Local Fauna image. Click for full size.
April 1, 1920
12. Castle Urquhart and Local Fauna
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on August 23, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   12. submitted on August 24, 2015. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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