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Oak Jetty To Improve Urquhart Access

24 August 2009

A new oak jetty will be built at Urquhart Castle this winter to provide easier access for visitors arriving on Loch Ness cruise boats.

Boats are currently using a temporary pontoon which was put in place by Historic Scotland after an inspection of the existing jetty found it was no longer fit for purpose.

The replacement is being carefully designed to be easier for visitors with mobility problems, and will also be much more attractive.

Stephen Watt, Historic Scotland district architect, said: “We prefer to use natural materials where appropriate, and so the new jetty will be built of oak.

“It is also being designed to suit 21st-century needs, and will have better ramps and handrails than the old jetty, which will make it easier for visitors to get backwards and forwards from the cruise boats.”

The work will largely be carried out from a barge moored in the loch and is due to be carried out after the main summer season is over.

While this happens the pontoon will remain in place so there will be no disruption to visitors.

Once the jetty is complete, which should be in time for the start of the main 2010 season, the pontoon will be dismantled.

The appearance of the jetty, which will be 18m long and 2.5m wide, will be in keeping with the oak bridges, steps and handrails that Historic Scotland is introducing elsewhere in the castle.

Notes for editors:

  • Urquhart Castle is on Loch Ness near Drumnadrochit on the A82. Telephone 01456 450551.

  • Tickets are £7 for adults, £5.50 for concessions and £3.50 for children.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places.  

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.


For further information


Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871
rebecca.hamilton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk