Urquhart Castle is one of the most picturesque landmarks in Scotland, and an iconic sight to all those who have travelled between Fort William and Inverness. Perched on the banks of Loch Ness beside the village of Drumnadrochit, it commands great views up the length of the loch, and is one of the main sites for reported sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.
Facilities for Car-Free Visitors
Nearest Railway Station
However, the railway station is some 18 miles from Urquhart Castle, with no quiet cycle route, so it is recommended you cross to the bus station and take a coach (see Arriving by Bus below).
Arriving by Foot
It is necessary to catch a bus from Inverness to Urquhart Castle. See Arriving by Bus below.
Nearby Walking Routes
The Great Glen Way long distance walk starts (or ends) in Inverness and passes through Drumnadrochit, just up the road from Urquhart Castle. The Affric Kintail Way also starts at Drumnadrochit. For a something shorter, there is also a 13 mile walk to a view point over Loch Ness called Meall Fuar Mhonaidh.
Walkhighlands has details of several other shorter walks from both Drumnadrochit and Inverness.
Arriving by Bike
Unfortunately there are no ‘friendly’ cycle routes from Inverness to Urquhart Castle as and route would require cycling on the A82 which includes fast and heavy traffic. It is also a relatively long distance of around 18 miles.
Cycle carriage on trains
Inverness is served by local, regional, and intercity ScotRail trains which have two to four cycle spaces. All ScotRail trains to Inverness require reservations, which can be made by contacting ScotRail telesales on 0330 303 0111 or visiting a station ticket office. Full details are contained in the ScotRail Connections Guide.
Once a day in each direction, Inverness is also served by an intercity train operated by Virgin Trains East Coast which can carry three bicycles and requires a reservation. Reservations can be made when booking tickets on their website, by visiting a ticket office, or contacting the website you booked your tickets through.
Nearby Cycle Routes
National Cycle Routes 1 & 7 pass through Inverness, and National Cycle Route 78 starts in Inverness. Technically Route 78 passes near Urquhart Castle, but it is on the opposite side of Loch Ness, so not of use in reaching the Castle.
Arriving by Bus
All buses, in both directions, drop off and pick up passengers in the Urquhart Castle car park. Tickets can be bought at Inverness bus station or from the driver directly.
Directions to the Bus Stop
The route is not the most obvious and we have therefore shown it on the map below. From the railway station, exit by following the signs to Platform 7 which is also marked to the Bus Station. Turn left in the station car park at the gap in the fence, signed for pedestrian access to the bus station. Then cross the Strothers car park using the marked red path. At the road (Strothers Lane), turn left. Walk until the first turning on the right (past the Royal Mail building) which takes you into the bus station.
This information was believed to be correct at the date of publication of this website, 23 June 2015. We would encourage users of the site to check the public transport information presented above before setting off.