Minister experiences North Tower views

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Lord Dunlop inspects work on Inverness Castle Tower

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Highland Council Leader Cllr Margaret Davidson and Provost of Inverness Cllr Helen Carmichael have welcomed UK Government Minister, Andrew Dunlop to view at first hand the redevelopment of Inverness Castle’s North Tower.

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(left to right) Provost Carmichael, Lord Dunlop, Leader Davidson at Inverness Castle to view the North Tower

Work is well underway to convert the North Tower of Inverness Castle from office space 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 Highland 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, with an upgrade of Castle Wynd.

Commenting on Lord Dunlop’s visit, Cllr Davidson said: “I am delighted to welcome Lord Dunlop to Inverness Castle; this is an exciting landmark project for the region which will be a major additional tourism attraction for Highland. I was pleased that Lord Dunlop was able to take the time to visit this project and show his support. I look forward to welcoming him again to the opening ceremony.”

Provost Carmichael added: “This was a fantastic day to be able to show the Minister, the North Tower project and the views of Inverness at its best in glorious sunshine. The opening of the North Tower will make a significant contribution to revitalising the city centre and will give visitors access to Inverness Castle which has always been a long-held ambition.”

18 Aug 2016
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