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It’s onwards and upwards as Castle Viewpoint opens

Easter Monday marked the much-anticipated opening of the newest visitor attraction in the City of Inverness as High Life Highland opens the doors of Inverness Castle Viewpoint to the public for the first time.

Unfortunately all the free slots for this week are now fully booked. Thank you to everyone who has booked and we apologise to anyone who has missed out. From Saturday 22nd access is available on a first come first served basis for £5 for adults and £3 for children.

Visitors and locals alike will be able to enjoy fabulous 360 degree views of the Highland Capital as they pick out many of the famous landmarks in the surrounding area.  Mobile phones and cameras will allow for some stunning panoramas to be shared on social media with views across the City and its hinterland easily obtained.  Key Inverness landmarks are visible from the top of Castle Viewpoint and are explained on the interpretation giving visitors unique insights into local legends related to the City as they make their way to the viewing platform.

The Viewpoint is housed over three floors and on your climb to the top you can enjoy a taste of the most famous myths associated with the City. The Brahan Seer, the legendary 17th Century highland mystic, many of whose prophecies actually came true. Also learn how St Columba met and banished the monster from the River Ness thus beginning the legend of Nessie.

Access from Monday 17th to Friday 21st April is being provided free of charge. 30 minute slots can be booked by calling Inverness Museum and Art Gallery on 01463 237114 or 01463 732430.

The booking line for the free period is available 09.00-17.00 and opens Monday 17th. Bookings can also be made in person during Museum opening hours. From Saturday 22nd April admission will be priced at £5 for Adults and £3 for children.

Due to the nature of the attraction numbers are limited to 59 at any one time in the Viewpoint.

Opening Hours:

  • April, May 11.00-18.00 Everyday
  • June, July, August 10.00-19.00 Everyday
  • September, October 11.00-18.00 Everyday

The venue will be available for exclusive private hire outside of regular opening hours.
Stuart Black, Highland Council’s Director of Development and Infrastructure said: “Highland Council owns the North Tower of the castle and is delighted to be working with High Life Highland who are managing the Castle Viewpoint on our behalf. The Council, Inverness Common Good Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and City-Region deal funding have all contributed to the cost of the Castle Viewpoint. We have also improved the approaches to the North Tower and Castle. This can be seen as the first phase in the exciting transformation of Inverness Castle into a major tourist attraction for Inverness and the Highlands.”

High Life Highland Chief Executive Ian Murray said, “We are really pleased to be working with The Highland Council and other partners on this brand new Highland visitor attraction. We are looking forward to opening during the Easter holiday period and welcoming our first guests when the doors to the Inverness Castle Viewpoint open on Monday morning. The view from the top is stunning and I am sure will be enjoyed by many local residents as well as visitors over the coming months.”