Urquhart Castle

his Scottish castle stands on the banks of Loch Ness in the Great Glen. The land was granted to the Durward family by the Scottish King Alexander II. A fine Norman style castle was built on the shores of the loch. The caste was captured by Edward I during the Wars of Independence.

Urquhart Castle Key Facts
RemainsSmall amount survives
Access to siteOnly open at certain times

1296   Edward captures Urquhart Castle
 The castle on Loch Ness fell to the English. Sir William Fitz Warine was left in charge of the castle as its Constable.[1]

Episode: Edward I and Scotland  
1303   Edward takes Urquhart Castle
 As part of Edward's campaign in Scotland he attacked and took control of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. Sir Alexander Comyn was left in change.[1]

Episode: Edward I and Scotland  
1308   Bruce takes Urquhart Castle
 Robert Bruce captured Urquhart Castle and placed it in the care of Sir Thomas Ranpolph, the Earl of Moray.[1]

Episode: Robert the Bruce  
1398   Urquhart Castle becomes the King's property
 An act of Parliament is passed which brings the ownership of Urquhart Castle into the hands of the English King.[1] 
Early Modern Period (1500-1800)
1509   Building work at Urquhart Castle
 Urquhart Castle was given as a gift to the Grant family by King James IV of Scotland with the understanding that extensive building work was to be carried out. This included the construction of a new tower and supporting buildings so that the surrounding lands could be better protected. 


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