Inverness Castle Viepoint

Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle dominates the skyline. It’s an impressive red sandstone structure complete with turrets and looks much older than it actually is.

There has probably been a castle on this spot since the 11th century and it would have originally been made from timber. The current structure was built in the 1830s.

Inverness Castle
Inverness Castle

About the Castle

For many years the building was not open to the public however in April 2017 Inverness Castle Viewpoint was opened. You can climb one of the towers for great views over the city landmarks and beyond to the Moray Firth and Black Isle. On the way up there is a room dedicated to St Columba (the first Loch Ness Monster sighting) and another to the Brahan Seer who had various intriguing prophecies. In the area around the entrance to the viewpoint you will find small blocks with information plaques relating historical events. For example King James I held a Parliament at the castle as a precursor to executing and imprisoning some of his disobedient clan chiefs.  

The rest of the castle is not open to the public but it still strikes an imposing position on top of the hill and it is possible to wander around the grounds and take in the views of Inverness and the River Ness. To the front of the castle is a statue of the heroine Flora Macdonald. Flora helped Bonnie Prince Charlie, the leader of the defeated Jacobite army, evade capture from his enemies. The Prince dressed up in female clothing and pretended to be Flora’s maid and Flora’s party then sailed from Benbecula to Skye. The trip is immortalised in the words of The Skye Boat Song which has been recorded by many artists including Tom Jones, Rod Stewart and The Corries.

Down the hill, towards the vehicle entrance, a stone marks the end of the Great Glen Way, a 73 mile walk that runs from Fort William to Inverness.

Admission to Inverness Castle includes a leaflet which illustrates and describes the landmarks you can see from the viewpoint.