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Urquhart Castle, oblique aerial view, taken from the NE. Digital image of C 46922 CN

SC 800245

Description Urquhart Castle, oblique aerial view, taken from the NE. Digital image of C 46922 CN

Date 23/6/1995

Collection RCAHMS Aerial Photography

Catalogue Number SC 800245

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 46922 CN

Scope and Content Aerial view of Urquhart Castle, Highland This aerial view from the east, taken in 1995, shows the castle on its peninsula, jutting out into Loch Ness. At this end is the tower, completed in the 17th century. To its left are the remains of the main range which contained the great chamber, hall, and kitchen, on a splayed plan, with the gatehouse to the right. The castle changed hands on numerous occasions. It was occupied by Protestant forces in 1689, during the 'Bloodless Revolution', and the gatehouse was blown up by them to prevent the use of the castle as a fortification. It was then used as a quarry until it was taken into State care in 1912. It is now in the care of Historic Scotland and is open to the public. Urquhart Castle is on a site which has been fortified since the Iron Age. In the 13th century a shell-keep or a circular castle enclosure was built on a natural motte, with two baileys enclosing an hourglass-shaped site. The castle was altered in the late 14th century, and again in the late 15th and early 16th century, and in 1623. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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