Artist’s impressions have been released by Highland Council showing for the first time how Inverness Castle may look after its transformation.
Fresh paving and landscaping will give the castle grounds a sleek, modern look, with surrounding walls created in a similar colour to the castle itself, giving a unified aspect.
The transformed grounds will become an outdoor space that can be enjoyed throughout the year and will offer a perfect location for beautiful views of the river, with the outlook south towards Loch Ness and north to Ben Wyvis.
A one-storey building proposed to link the two castle towers is shown as full of light and with stunning views from the river side of the building.
The images show the proposed new one-story building, as well as the proposed new access from this building on to the river terrace on the castle’s west side.
A well that was all that was left of the castle that occupied this site until it was destroyed in 1746, and was restored in 1909, will be preserved and incorporated into the new part of the building as shown in the images.
The council says all proposals are subject to approval through the statutory planning processes.
The former impressive main entrance to the castle, behind Flora MacDonald’s statue, will be reinstated, having been closed for decades.
It will lead into a magnificent foyer, also reinstated, recreating the former grandeur of the original building.
Access to all areas of the building will be improved, to ensure everyone visiting can enjoy the attraction.
The castle transformation is supported by a £15 million Scottish Government investment through the city region deal.
The council says it will create a gateway for Highland tourism, contributing to re-invigoration of tourism across the area and providing much needed investment for the industry as the recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic begins.
The project will support economic growth throughout the Highland area, creating a sustainable, viable and “must-see” attraction that will celebrate the spirit of the Highlands.
The project forms part of the £315m Inverness and Highland City Region deal.