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Published on Jan 24, 2013
Urquhart Castle Scotland is a Loch Ness Castle in the Highlands of Scotland. The Magnificently Situated Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness. A Clan Grant stronghold, Urquhart Castle stands with commanding presence guarding the Great Glen.
The castle was begun in the 13th century, and because of its strategic position, it has a complex history of military offense and defence, as well as its own destruction and renovation. It was fought over by Robert the Bruce of Scotland and Edward I of England during the Wars of Independence in the 13th century and was ruined when its own garrison blew it up to prevent it from falling into Jacobite hands during the unrest that followed the Restoration of the Monarchy at the end of the 17th century.
The ruins of what was one of the largest castles in Scotland were plundered for building material. The backdrop of the castle silhouetted against the loch and the hills beyond is stunning. The centre contains displays of the castle and military and domestic artifacts from the time of the castle’s inhabitation.
Our Cruise in Scotland
We cruise sedately through the Great Glen between Inverness and Fort William, navigating beautiful lochs and the scenic, absorbing Caledonian Canal. Ancient castles perched on the water's edge, heather-clad hillsides and arguably the finest inland cruising in the world. The legends of the past, the taste of single malt and the mythical inhabitant of Loch Ness all contribute to a special magic only experienced in Scotland's dramatic Highlands.
Scottish Highlander has the atmosphere of a Scottish country house with subtle use of tartan furnishings and landscape paintings. At 117 feet she is spacious and has every comfort for year-round cruising.
Cuisine is traditional Scottish fare -- salmon, game and seafood, prepared by your own Master Chef, and the barge's experienced crew of four will take care of your every need. A cruise aboard Scottish Highlander along the Great Glen as you admire some of Scotland's finest scenery will be unforgettable.