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Inverness Castle

Travel Guide to Inverness

Inverness Castle was built on the site of an earlier fortress in 1835 and sits on a low cliff overlooking the River Ness and the cathedral on the opposite bank.

Inverness Castle

It is thought that 11th-century castle which featured in Shakepeare's play Macbeth (even though there is no historical evidence to suggest that it was where Duncan I was murdered) was in fact located to the east of the present castle. Originally built of wood, it was replaced by a fortress of stone on Castle Hill. Apparently there have been sightings of the ghost of King Duncan walking along the banks of the River Ness in full regalia.

Until early 2020, it was used as the sheriff's court. This has moved to new premises, so there are now plans to transform the castle into a major visitor attraction with galleries, museum, shops, etc. Inverness Castle - Spirit of the Highlands is the new website which contains information about the history of the castle and plans for its re-development.

You have the chance to visit part of the castle tower to see panoramic views of the river and city. Climb 95 steps to the top of the tower and access the viewing platform. Please note it is currently closed for the winter. Admission prices: £6 for adults and £4 for children under 12. Online booking is essential.
You are given a map with info about the landmarks and historic buildings you can see. Looking norwards over the River Ness you can see Ben Wyvis on the horizon, and Kessock Bridge over to the Black Isle, as well as the Moray Firth to the east.

view from Inverness Castle tower
View northwards from the top of the tower viewpoint

You can see a video about the history of Inverness (with some drone footage from the top), and 2 animations (about the Brahan Seer and St Columba). There's also a wee gift shop.

view from Inverness Castle tower
Looking over the River Ness from the tower viewpoint

Inverness Castle and daffodils, spring 2017
Inverness Castle and the River Ness, spring 2017

Take Castle Street which winds its way up around the rear of the castle and past some pretty floral displays to get to the statue of Flora MacDonald which was unveiled in 1899.

Inverness Castle in snow

Inverness Castle Christmas Cards

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