Castle Viewpoint to open for Easter

Castle Viewpoint
Photograph by Ewen Weatherspoon: (left to right) Margaret Davidson, Graham Cross, Isobel McCallum, Stuart Black, Helen Carmichael

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Work is well underway to complete the interior fit-out of the North Tower of Inverness Castle into a visitor attraction and viewpoint with spectacular views from the top, looking both south over the River Ness and beyond and north over the Ness Bridge towards the Black Isle.

The attraction, which will be known as the Castle Viewpoint, will be opened in time for the Easter period and the first week will be free entry. The Castle Viewpoint will be managed by High Life Highland.

Stairwell to Castle Viewpoint

Stairwell to Castle Viewpoint

The Council, Inverness Common Good Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise have all contributed to the cost of the project, which includes new access, a shop and a stairway to the roof and viewing platform. City Region Deal money was also made available to improve the approaches to the North Tower and Castle, which will include an upgrade of Castle Wynd. 

Comprehensive stonework repairs were carried out to the North Tower to ensure the 175 year old landmark is in tip top condition for its transformation into a key tourist attraction in Inverness. 

Provost Helen Carmichael said: “The views are spectacular from the top and I am confident that visitors to Inverness will be delighted with the Castle Viewpoint. It adds significantly to the city’s draw as a worldwide tourist destination.”

Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson added: “I am delighted that the Castle Viewpoint will be open for Easter. The first week will be free to visitors and locals who wish to get a look at how the tower has been transformed.”

8 Mar 2017
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