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Built in the late 11th century, Inverness castle in its early inception was a timber enclosure fortress founded by King Malcolm III Canmore. Ravaged by a battle with King Robert the Bruce, the castle was rebuilt by George Gordon in the mid 1500s. However, the bloody Jacobean age saw the castle walls crumble once more and in 1746 the fortress was flattened. What stands today is a 19th century neo-Normal castle, which houses Inverness Sheriff Court.

While the castle itself is not open to the public, its grounds are. Tourists can wander around the walls and take in the building which has become iconic as an illustration on £50 introduced by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2005.

Inverness Castle Location

Inverness Castle is located in the city over looking the River Ness. Motorists can reach Inverness by the A9 from the south, while the A82 reaches the city from the south-west. However, it may be a slow driver: none of the roads to Inverness are entirely dual-carriageway.

Those taking a train to the city will find the station centrally located and within walking distance of the fortress. There are direct services to Edinburgh, Glasgow and London from the south and Aberdeen from the east, as well as two scenic lines to Thurso and Wick. Brits travelling to Inverness can also catch the London sleeper from Euston.

Public transport users can also take the bus from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth, while Stagecoach operates a service from Aberdeen and National Express and Megabus run a series of routes from England.

International travellers can also fly to Inverness using the city's airport. The hub is served by FlyBE

Easyjet, Eastern Airways, Aer Aran, Ryanair and Highland Airways. Located between Nairn and Inverness transfers between the airport and Inverness cost between £10 and £15 in a taxi. The hub has both domestic and international flights.

Why Visit Inverness Castle?

For centuries there has been a castle in Inverness, each building reflective in some way of its era. By visiting the current location of Inverness Castle tourists can close their eyes and transport themselves back to another era.

Furthermore, the region is a goldmine for castle lovers and history fans. Just seven miles south lies Aldourie Castle, while Beaufort Castle is 12 miles to the west.

And if visitors get bored of castles the bustling city of Inverness is at their finger tips with bars, shops and restaurants waiting to be explored.


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