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Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle

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870 Reviews
Free admission
41 Castle St, Inverness, IV2 3EG

The Basics

Inverness Castle has long played an important role in Scotland’s story, and is a must-visit for history buffs. Thanks to its elevated setting at the summit of Castle Hill, it also affords views over the river and Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Most visitors explore independently, strolling around the grounds to see a Flora MacDonald statue and informational plaques detailing the site’s history. It’s a good place to get a primer on local historical information before venturing to nearby sites with Jacobite connections, such as the Culloden Battlefield or Urquhart Castle. Guided sightseeing tours of the city typically include a glimpse of the castle exterior, while hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop at the castle site.

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Inverness Bike Tour a 2 hours guided bike tour around the Waterways of Inverness
Inverness Bike Tour a 2 hours guided bike tour around the Waterways of Inverness
$35.17 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Inverness by bike
The tour is wonderful! Richly guided with local, historic and socio-cultural knowledge. Cycling by the river and canal, taking in the sites, there is a nice balance between being on the bike and pausing to enjoy Inverness surroundings. Our tour guide Alison was ace! Big thanks for a memorable experience.
Kate_M, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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Inverness Red Tour
Shirley_W, Jun 2021
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The two bus drivers were very cheery and helpful. They added extra information for the passengers. The buses were also clean
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Summer 2021
Nina_W, Aug 2021
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Weather was good…..enjoyed trees coming into bus and dodging them. Couldn’t hear commentary on top of bus
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Nice, easy-going wee route...
laroche22, Aug 2021
Inverness City Sightseeing - Red Route
Nice, easy-going trip - friendly staff. Was not overly busy - were able to also ride the 'Blue Route' with our tickets at no extra charge so viewed the other side of Inverness which was a nice bonus..
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An hour well spent
Epj, Jul 2021
Inverness City Sightseeing - Red Route
An excellent tour. Informative, interesting and entertaining. We had never visited Inverness before and it helped us to see the whole city.
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Harris’s day out
Sarah-bill, Jul 2021
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Very friendly and helpful drivers, good commentary and the tour was very interesting getting off and on was no problem did it at Culloden and Jacobite tours

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes to explore the castle grounds.

  • Bring a camera, as the castle’s viewpoint overlooks the city and makes an excellent backdrop for vacation photos.

  • The castle grounds are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Inverness Castle is located on the east side of the River Ness in Inverness city center. The castle is a 15-minute walk from Inverness rail station. Local buses stop at nearby Castle Street and on Castle Road.

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When to Get There

The views from Inverness Castle are best on clear, sunny days. The grounds are busiest during warm summer weather, but even then, crowds are rare. The setting is romantic at sunset, when the sun’s soft rays hit the surface of the River Ness.

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The History of Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle has long played a prominent role in the lore of Scotland, with a history that stretches all the way back to the 11th century. It features in both fiction and history books, having been the setting for part of Shakespeare’sMacbeth, and the Jacobites razed the castle to the ground just weeks before their final defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

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