I know that Eilean Donan is the most photographed castle in Scotland but I believe Urquhart Castle probably comes in a close second. It was packed the day we went and I had to break my rule about not taking pictures of people in order to photograph it.
Perched atop a jutting finger of land that points out into Loch Ness, it triggers thoughts of romance, scorcery, and of course Nessie. I did look for Nessie. I just couldn’t resist. But I have to say, if she's there, she's picked the pretties loch in Scotland in which to reside. The water was so blue it hurt to look at it.
It is thought that St. Columba stayed at Urquhart Castle on his way to Inverness. Of course at that time, around 600, the castle would have been a Pictish fort.
In the mid 1400’s the Earl of Ross attacked the castle and captured it, but it was recovered shortly after.
The Grants were given ownership of the cast in 1509 but warring factions often disrupted their possession of it. The MacDonald’s took it in 1545.
In 1692 King William’s troops held the castle during a Jacobite uprising, and before leaving, the troops blew the castle up to prevent it from being used by them. It was never repaired.
(An alcove for a bed)
Next we're going to Skye and Dunvegan Castle. Write on, Teresa R.