Photographer: Wilson, George Washington
Medium: Photographic print
"About fifteen miles from Inverness, Glen Urquhart opens up from Loch Ness. This glen, which has been pronounced the fairest, the richest, and the most splendid in its beauty among Scotland's glens, is about ten miles in length, and is luxuriantly wooded. In the centre of the vale there is a small but very pretty lake, having the mansions of Lakefield, Lochletter, and Sheuglie, scattered around its borders. On a promontory jutting into Loch Ness are the ruins of the Castle of Urquhart, rising finely over the dark waters of the loch, which, at this point, is 125 fathoms in depth. It appears to have been once a strong and extensive building. In 1303, it was besieged and taken by the troops of Edward I. In 1509, it fell, along with the Barony of Urquhart, into the hands of the chief of the Clan Grant, and it remains still in their possession. A high surrounding wall, with a square keep of three stories in height, and four square hanging turrets, are all that remain of this once famous place. Loch Ness, whose waters wash it on three sides, is nearly twenty-four miles in length, and of an average of one and a quarter in breadth. From the uniformity of temperature maintained by its depth of water it never freezes."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson