The first castle on this sport was built in 1057 by Malcolm III. The castle was erected to replace another one which was destroyed by Malcolm as that one was the place where his father was presumably killed by MacBeth. That 11th century castle was a wooden structure and throughout the centuries, many other castles have stood on this spot. Mary, Queen of Scots, unsuccessfully sekked refuge in this castle which was at that time in the hands of a rivalling clan. In 1745, the castle was destroyed by the Jacobites before the Battle of Culloden. The current castle was erected in 1836, in a time when there was no need for a castle in a traditional sense anymore. Threfore, it lacks many of the fatures and the size you would expect of a medieval castle. In fornt of the castle, you will find a statue of Scottish heroine Flora MacDonald which was erected in 1899. The castle is used today by the Sheriff Court. Visitors are not allowed to enter the building (unless they have an invitation to court, of course...), but are free to move in the grounds and see the building.
Inverness Castle cannot be missed: it sits atop Castle Hill right in the heart of the city, and its red stone gives a gorgeous contrast to the (often) blue sky above.
Unfortunately the building is not open to the public, but the grounds around the castle provide a great viewpoint over the city (and let's not forget the nearby Castle Tavern where you can visit and rest for a while ;-)
Various castles have stood here since the year 1057, most likely constructed of timber and rocks. Like most castles and fortresses in the UK, Inverness Castle saw many battles and was repeatedly destroyed and re-built. Eventually, it was blown-up after the battle of Culloden in 1746.
The neo-Norman castle we see today was built in 1836 and houses the Sheriff Courthouse and County Hall. All that remains of the medieval castle are a deep resorted well and part of the bastion wall.
Some Interesting Facts:
> The castle was featured on the reverse side of £50 notes issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland, which were introduced in 2005.
> Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth" was supposedly based in the earlier 11th century Inverness Castle, the location of Duncan's murder.
> In front of the castle, you will find the statue of Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald and her dog, which was erected in 1899.
> If you stand below the hill on which the castle stands, you can watch dozens of wild rabbits playing in the grass... bunnies! In the middle of a city! I just love it :-)
It was built in 1.853 where an old fortress once was. Nowadays, it is used as Inverness' Sheriff and District Courts.
There are beautiful views of the river from the Castle, and if you want to see them, visit my Travelogue.
The town is dominated by its red sandstone castle. Built in 1834, this Victorian edifice is very much the new kid on the block in terms of Scottish castles. Don't come here expecting your classic Scottish castle - there are plenty better nearby. the castle now houses the Magistrates Court, but there is also a free museum I believe.
The original castle dates from the 12th century and was built on a ridge to the east of the present structure. Nothing remains of the old castle.
This modern castle was built in 1835 and sits on a hill in the downtown area of Inverness, overlooking the river Ness. It was actually built on the site of a much earlier fortress, dating from the 11th century, which was laregly destroyed by the Jacobite army in 1746. The castle is fronted by a statue of Flora MacDonald, a brave woman who assisted Bonnie Prince Charlie when he was on the run after losing at Culloden. There have been many ghost sightings at the castle, including one persistent appearance of King Duncan, strolling along the banks of the River Ness.
Today the castle is the home of the Sheriff's Court and a museum. The Drum Tower of the castle features an exhibition of the medieval times in the castle and is open daily during the tourist season, from 10:30am until 5:30pm
The other weird feeling was that that magic was over. Inverness is a lovely place, nothing to say against it, but I loved so much the peaceful feeling that the northern scotland gave me, a lovely feeling of loneliness and peace.
Inverness is not big, about 40000 inhabitants, but a decent estimation say to me that in the whole northern scotland, north of Inverness, there are less that 40000 people living...
This is the Inverness Castle, closed, obviously, as it is hosts the offices of the local police.