Perched on the shores of Loch Ness Urquhart Castle was once one of Scotland's largest castles and much of its remains are still intact including the tower.

It is not known exactly when it was built but records show it was in existence from as early as the 13th century and it is thought that the owners of the land at the time, the Durward family built the castle.

It has a turbulent past with many trying to capture the castle. Eventually in 1692 the Williamite troops destroyed much of the castle to prevent it becoming a strong hold for the Jacobites. From then on it lost its appeal as a place to capture.

It has been in the care of Historic Scotland since 2000 and has undergone major construction works to prevent it from further damage.The castle is open all year round and you can enjoy learning all about the castles exciting history in the visitors centre with the use of the audio visual presentations. There's also a tearoom with stunning views out onto the loch.