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What is the Inverness Castle Experience?

Members of the public are invited to go along to view the new Inverness Castle Experience film in 360, have a chat with the castle team and see the concept ideas for the new visitor attraction due to open in 2025.

High Life Highland, on behalf of the Highland Council are offering allocated time slots at their immersive unit at Castle Wynd in the centre of Inverness. The bookable, 30-minute slots are available Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 May, 10am – 12 noon and Thursday 18 May, 2pm to 4pm by emailing [email protected]

The new film shows how the castle will be transformed from its past uses as a prison and courtroom to a visitor attraction, encouraging visitors from local, UK and international shores.

The stories inspiring the content for the attraction have been crowdsourced from across the Highlands, capturing the spirit of the area’s past, present and future.

Cllr Ian Brown, Leader of Inverness City and Area and Co-chair of the Inverness Castle Project Delivery Group, said:

“It is wonderful to finally be at the point of sharing the film and concept designs for the Inverness Castle Experience with the public. I am sure that everyone coming to view the immersive film will agree that this is a very exciting and much-needed attraction for Inverness and will be of significant benefit to the wider Highland area.”

The Inverness Castle project, opening in 2025, will benefit from £30m investment to support its re-development from the Scottish and UK Governments, The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and a range of other partners.

The Inverness Castle project is part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, which is a joint initiative supported by up to £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and University of the Highlands and Islands, aimed at stimulating sustainable regional economic growth.’

The Spirit of the Highlands and Islands project is supported by a grant from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund (NCHF), led by NatureScot and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is intended that this project will encourage visitors to explore and experience all parts of the Highlands and Islands, as well as inspiring them to attend and support festivals and events, visitor attractions and outdoor locations across the area.