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Inverness Castle

A setting in one of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedies, this crenellated castle sits on a hill overlooking the River Ness.

Inverness Castle is one of the city’s most prominent landmarks, its baronial turrets dominating the skyline. You might recognize the castle as the location of Duncan’s murder in the Shakespearean play Macbeth. Walk around the castle grounds to admire its architecture up-close and see impressive views of the city and along the River Ness.

Today the castle serves as the Sheriff’s Court and is not open to the public. However, wander around the castle to enjoy the flower-filled grounds. Perched high on Castle Hill, the castle grounds offer wonderful views over the city and river. Reflect on the castle’s long history as you enjoy these views and walk through its gardens.

Constructed in the 11th century, the original castle was destroyed by the Jacobites in 1746. The neo-Norman castle you see today was constructed in 1836, designed by architect William Burn. Admire the castle’s reddish sandstone exterior and see the remains of its original bastion wall.

Look for a brass statue of Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald on the grounds in front of the castle. MacDonald helped Prince Charles Edward Stuart escape from the Hanoverian forces after the Battle of Culloden. Notice she is depicted with her Scottish hound at her feet as she looks out over the valley and shields her eyes. View the inscription on the statue, which reads in both English and Gaelic, “The preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart will be mentioned in history, and if courage and fidelity be virtues, mentioned with honour.” Interestingly, MacDonald spent a brief time in North Carolina as a British loyalist during the American Revolution before returning to Scotland.

The castle is also the starting point for an enjoyable walk along the banks of the River Ness, the Caledonian Canal and the Beauly Firth coastline. Take a leisurely stroll past St. Andrew’s Cathedral and the Ness Islands, where you may spot anglers standing in the river and fishing for Atlantic salmon.

Inverness Castle is located in Inverness city center. Reach the grounds on foot or by bus. Enjoy spectacular views of Inverness from the lawn of this famous castle.


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Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality $135
Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality

Columba Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality

7 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Inverness City Centre, this hotel is steps from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Inverness Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Inverness Station is 11 minutes by foot.

    Jurys Inn Inverness $121
    Jurys Inn Inverness

    Jurys Inn Inverness

    Millburn Road, Inverness, Scotland
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Inverness, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Eastgate Shopping Centre and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Inverness Castle. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Caledonian Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km). Inverness Station is 27 minutes by foot.

      Glen Mhor Hotel $94
      Glen Mhor Hotel

      Glen Mhor Hotel

      8-15 Ness Bank, Inverness, Scotland
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Inverness City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Bellfield Park and Eden Court Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Inverness Station is 14 minutes by foot.

        pentahotel Inverness $113
        pentahotel Inverness

        pentahotel Inverness

        63 Academy Street, Caledonia House, Inverness, Scotland
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Inverness City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Merkinch Local Nature Reserve. Cawdor Castle and Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre are also within 16 mi (25 km). Inverness Station is only a 5-minute walk.

          Kingsmills Hotel Inverness $119
          Kingsmills Hotel Inverness

          Kingsmills Hotel Inverness

          Culcabock Road, Inverness, Scotland
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eastgate Shopping Centre and Inverness Castle. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Bellfield Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Inverness Station is 21 minutes by foot.

            Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa $155
            Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa

            Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa

            8 Ness Walk, Inverness, Scotland
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Inverness City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Inverness Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Inverness Station is 11 minutes by foot.

              The Royal Highland Hotel $155
              The Royal Highland Hotel

              The Royal Highland Hotel

              Station Square, Academy Street, Inverness, Scotland
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Inverness City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eastgate Shopping Centre and Inverness Castle. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Inverness Station is 5 minutes by foot.

                The Redcliffe $135
                The Redcliffe

                The Redcliffe

                1 Gordon Terrace, Inverness, Scotland
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Inverness City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and Inverness Castle. Eastgate Shopping Centre and Bellfield Park are also within 15 minutes. Inverness Station is 11 minutes by foot.