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Loch Ness: Castle Scaffolding Open To Public

Posted By on Wednesday 23/03/2016 To all blogs

Loch Ness: Castle Scaffolding Open To Public

Urquhart Castle gives a unique vantage point which overlooks Scotland's world famous Loch Ness. The public will now have an even better view of the loch, thanks to the scaffolding erected as part of conservation work which is being carried out on the castle.

The castle is one of Scotland's most visited tourist attractions, with almost 350,000 visiting the site in 2015. The 13th century structure, which is owned by Historic Scotland, needs constant maintenance.

The "Insight Tour" will be led by the site's conservation architect and will allow visitors access to areas which were previously out of bounds, giving them the chance to watch expert stonemasons working at height on the Grant Tower.

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As this will involve climbing up the scaffolding around the castle, visitors are being asked to come prepared, though safety clothing will be provided. With sightings of the Loch Ness Monster at their highest in a decade, visitors might even catch a glimpse of the monster itself!

Historic Environment Scotland's district architect, Stephen Watt, said:

"Anybody who has ever visited Urquhart Castle will have been knocked out by its incredible location and great views, situated right on the banks of Loch Ness.

"This is a very rare chance for members of the public to see the work, and I would encourage people to buy tickets while they're still available."

During its 500 years as a medieval fortress, Urquhart Castle, which was once one of Scotland's largest, has had a long and bloody history.

In 1296, King Edward I of England invaded Scotland, and the castle fell into the hands of the southerners, before being reclaimed by the Scots. It was subsequently lost again.

The castle later figured prominently in the Scots' struggle for independence, and came under the control of Robert the Bruce, after he became King of Scots in 1306. During the 1400s and 1500s, the castle was repeatedly raided by the ambitious MacDonald, Lord of the Isles.

Tickets are available to buy from the Historic Scotland website.


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