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Inverness Castle
Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle

Free admission
41 Castle St, Inverness, IV2 3EG

The Basics

Inverness Castle has long played an important role in Scotland’s story, and is a must-visit for history buffs. Thanks to its elevated setting at the summit of Castle Hill, it also affords views over the river and Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Most visitors explore independently, strolling around the grounds to see a Flora MacDonald statue and informational plaques detailing the site’s history. It’s a good place to get a primer on local historical information before venturing to nearby sites with Jacobite connections, such as the Culloden Battlefield or Urquhart Castle. Guided sightseeing tours of the city typically include a glimpse of the castle exterior, while hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop at the castle site.

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Inverness Bike Tour a 2 hours guided bike tour around the Waterways of Inverness
Inverness Bike Tour a 2 hours guided bike tour around the Waterways of Inverness
$35.12 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Cycling through Inverness' hidden gems.
We have been visiting Inverness for a good few years but found out so much from this trip. This is a gentle cycle ride that takes you from the city centre up to the coast through beautiful waterways, with plenty of stops at places of particular interest. Alison is an excellent companion with in depth knowledge of Inverness. I would thoroughly recommend this tour
Sophy_M, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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Inverness Red Tour
Shirley_W, Jun 2021
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
The two bus drivers were very cheery and helpful. They added extra information for the passengers. The buses were also clean
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Great city layout tour!
Don_M, Sep 2021
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Enjoyed the River Ness and the history involving St. Columba. Great to get the layout of the city and area. Seeing the Caledonian Lochs was a nice plus along with the Dochgarroch Loch. It also nicely worked in history of the area with the Inverness Castle and Flora MacDonald statue.
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Inverness City Tour
Lynda_H, Oct 2021
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Drivers friendly and helpful and route good. Goods price too! Would recommend to other visitors to Inverness
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Nice, easy-going wee route...
laroche22, Aug 2021
Inverness City Sightseeing - Red Route
Nice, easy-going trip - friendly staff. Was not overly busy - were able to also ride the 'Blue Route' with our tickets at no extra charge so viewed the other side of Inverness which was a nice bonus..
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An hour well spent
Epj, Jul 2021
Inverness City Sightseeing - Red Route
An excellent tour. Informative, interesting and entertaining. We had never visited Inverness before and it helped us to see the whole city.
star-4
Nice Day
StevenLee13, Jun 2019
Invergordon Shore Excursion: Inverness City, Cawdor Castle and Whisky Tour
We had a good experience on this tour. Our Guide was Mo who was very easy going and knowledgeable. She went out of her way to explain the stops and help us navigate the areas. Our driver Sharon was also very nice. Cawdor Castle is worth seeing however we had visited about 10 castles during our time in the UK so there was some redundancy. The stop at Inverness was good but too short. ( 60 Min) You'll only have time for either a sit down lunch or walking around to see the city. Tough to do both. The stop at Loch Ness was along the side of the road and was not in a particularity scenic spot, still it was good to see the Loch but unfortunately we didn't see Nessie. The visit to Glen Ord Distillery was fantastic. As a scotch drinker it was great to see how the whiskey was made. Andy our guide at Glen Ord was terrific and there is an opportunity to taste and buy some of their single malts
star-4
Pleasant trip
Shona_H, Sep 2021
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Ear phones would have been handy as it was hard to hear the commentary, especially when the bus drove faster in the country. Not a huge amount to see but it was good to get your bearings of the city. Pleasant trip.
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Summer 2021
Nina_W, Aug 2021
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Weather was good…..enjoyed trees coming into bus and dodging them. Couldn’t hear commentary on top of bus
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Harris’s day out
Sarah-bill, Jul 2021
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Very friendly and helpful drivers, good commentary and the tour was very interesting getting off and on was no problem did it at Culloden and Jacobite tours
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It was a good tour. I really like the...
Kathy S, Jun 2016
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
It was a good tour. I really like the freedom of the hop on - hop off. The only disappointment that we had was the castle. It was closed for restoration while we were there so we weren't able to go inside.
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I love taking the HOHO for any city...
Rita M, Jun 2017
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
I love taking the HOHO for any city. This city is small and beautiful. Only one bus was running, so you must plan for the time if you are in a tight time frame.
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This is a small tour, but well worth...
Diane W, Aug 2014
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
This is a small tour, but well worth doing to get your bearings and views you might have otherwise missed

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes to explore the castle grounds.

  • Bring a camera, as the castle’s viewpoint overlooks the city and makes an excellent backdrop for vacation photos.

  • The castle grounds are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Inverness Castle is located on the east side of the River Ness in Inverness city center. The castle is a 15-minute walk from Inverness rail station. Local buses stop at nearby Castle Street and on Castle Road.

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When to Get There

The views from Inverness Castle are best on clear, sunny days. The grounds are busiest during warm summer weather, but even then, crowds are rare. The setting is romantic at sunset, when the sun’s soft rays hit the surface of the River Ness.

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The History of Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle has long played a prominent role in the lore of Scotland, with a history that stretches all the way back to the 11th century. It features in both fiction and history books, having been the setting for part of Shakespeare’sMacbeth, and the Jacobites razed the castle to the ground just weeks before their final defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

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