Exploring Inverness Castle

In the heart of Inverness, the imposing Inverness Castle sits high on a hilltop. Standing proudly, overlooking the River Ness. The present building, made from red sandstone, dates back to 1836 and currently houses the Inverness Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court. However, 1057 saw the first construction of a castle on this site, said to have been built by King Malcolm III of Scotland. And since, it has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. For example, Robert the Bruce destroyed the castle in 1308, to prevent the English from occupying it during the Scottish War of Independence. So did the MacDonald clan, many times during the Lord of the Isle era.


Climb the tower

For amazing 360° views of the city

The Viewpoint

Although the majority of the building is not open to the public, there is access to the Inverness Castle Viewpoint. Here, you can take in the best views over Inverness. With 360° views, you can see the whole city from the viewing platform at the top of the tower. Look out for famous landmarks and historic buildings. Marvel at the River Ness as it rolls beneath you. Explore the city’s network of streets and see beyond to the rolling countryside. Additionally, as you climb the tower you will learn some intriguing myths and legends associated with the city.

Castle views

But perhaps the best views of Inverness Castle itself can be seen from the other side of the River Ness. At night it looks magical, when the castle is all lit up and the light is reflected in the waters below.

Visit Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle is a dominant landmark in the city centre. You can walk up the hill to see it more closely, but there is an admission fee to access the Viewpoint. Check here for ticket prices and opening times.



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