Around an hours drive north on the A82 is Urquhart Castle, on the shores of Loch Ness. Loch Ness is the second largest loch in Scotland after Loch Lomond, but due to its greater depth, it is the largest by volume in the British Isles. Its deepest point is 230m making it the second deepest loch in Scotland after Loch Morar. It is the largest body of water in the Great Glen, which runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south.
Urquhart Castle is one of Scotland’s most popular attractions, which sits on a rocky peninsula on the north-western shore of Loch Ness. It’s easy to fall in love with the atmospheric beauty of Urquhart Castle, it offers visitors fascinating insights into its dramatic history and spectacular views over the world-famous Loch.
Some people believe that the castle was originally the site of a Pictish fort, visited by St Columba in 565AD. No one can say for certain that was the case. However, there was almost certainly a Pictish settlement in the area at the time, as it would have been a key site from which to control the Great Glen and Northern Scotland. Written records show that a castle has stood on the site from at least the 13th Century.