The Highland Council today unveiled plans for the purchase of a significant site on the southern side of Inverness’ Bridge Street.
The purchase will support the development of Inverness Castle and the regeneration of the surrounding area of the city centre.
The vision for the new attraction is to create a sustainable, viable and “must-see” attraction that will celebrate the spirit of the Highlands.
The purchase price for the site is made up of borrowing by The Highland Council and a contribution of £1.5m from Scottish Government, through the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal.
Mrs Margaret Davidson, Leader of The Highland Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to make this important announcement today. The Highland Council has agreed to purchase this site, given its importance for the economic growth of both Inverness and the Highlands.
“This has been a long-held ambition and I would like to thank those involved in making this a reality.”
Rural Economy Secretary Mr Fergus Ewing said: “I am delighted to be making this announcement today. It marks the culmination of a key part of four years of collaborative work between the Scottish Government, The Highland Council and our public bodies.”