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 Castles of Scotland - Inverness Castle






Location
Inverness, Highland, Scotland

Description
Inverness Castle sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness, in Inverness, Scotland. The red sandstone castle now on the site was built in 1836 by architect William Burn. Today, it houses Inverness Sheriff Court. The Drum Tower houses an exhibition of castle history and is open daily in the summer season. The castle itself is not open to the public.

History
There has been a castle at this site for many centuries. The first castle on the site was built in the 11th century. The first Inverness Castle was partially destroyed by King Robert I of Scotland and a replacement castle was destroyed in the 15th century. In 1548 another castle with tower was completed by George Gordon, 4th Earl of Huntly. The castle was taken over by the Clan Munro and Clan Fraser who supported Mary Queen of Scots in 1562. In 1725 the Castle was extended and reinforced by General George Wade after the initial early Jacobite Uprisings. In 1745 when the second major Jacobite Uprisings began Inverness Castle was defended against the Jacobites by the Clan Ross who supported the British government. Inverness Castle fell soon after to the Jacobite troops under Bonnie Prince Charlie, who destroyed it with explosives.


Other Castles in the Area
  Castle Leod, Ross_shire
  Castle Stuart, Highland
  Cawdor Castle, Highland
  Dalcross Castle, Highland
  Foulis Castle, Ross_shire
  Kilravock Castle, Highland
  Tulloch Castle, Highland
  Urquhart Castle, Highland







Urquhart Castle
Inverness Castle

Photograph by Stuart Cankett. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Urquhart Castle
Inverness Castle and the River Ness

Photograph by John Allan. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Urquhart Castle
Inverness Castle taken from Castle Street, featuring the gardens including a floral clock.

Photograph by James Denham. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)


 Inverness Castle map