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Historic Environment Scotland close Urquhart Castle's visitor centre after concerns over the safety of a ceiling at the Loch Ness attraction

By Alasdair Fraser

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Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle.

Urquhart Castle’s visitor centre has been closed after fears were raised about the safety of a ceiling.

The famous historic Loch Ness-side attraction near Drumnadrochit remains partially open, but Historic Environment Scotland (HES), the site’s managers, took the precaution ahead of safety checks next week.

The potential safety issue with the visitor centre’s ceiling was reported yesterday, prompting its immediate closure.

It is expected to remain closed during safety checks until next week.

Access to other parts of the iconic fortress ruins, which date from the 13th century, is still possible.

Visitors at Urquhart Castle.
Visitors at Urquhart Castle.

HES says ticket holders will be contacted and offered a refund.

A HES spokeswoman said: “We have closed the visitor centre at Urquhart Castle as a precaution after a potential issue with a small section of the suspended ceiling was identified.

“Our teams will now be carrying out further safety checks and repair work, and we anticipate that we will be able to reopen the visitor centre early next week.

“Visitors will still be able to access the castle itself while the visitor centre remains closed.”

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