Inverness Castle looks like a medieval fort, but it was actually built in the 19th century by Victorian architect William Burn, on the site of an original 11th century fortification. The grounds, which offer sweeping views of Inverness and its surrounding countryside, are open to the public: the inside of the castle is a public justice building, and is only accessible to employees of the justice system, plus the accused and their legal teams: so pray you don’t have to see the inside as well as the outside! The imposing façade of the castle is a perfect backdrop to a summer’s afternoon picnic.
Great places to visit in Inverness!
Inverness is a place for walkers and hikers, cyclists and fell runners – as well as the inevitable armies of tourists who come festooned with cameras to prove the myth of the giant plesiosaur that is supposed to inhabit the still waters of the Loch. It’s a compact and pretty city, and the last easily accessible place before you reach the northerly end of Britain.
St Andrew’s Cathedral
Beautiful Inverness Cathedral, also known as St Andrew’s Cathedral, is situated right on the banks of the peaceful river Ness. Its red brick structure was completed in just three years: the foundation stone was laid down in 1866, and the whole thing was done by 1869. Today the Cathedral includes a Boys’ School building, which is now a tea room and Cathedral shop. The Boys’ School building is open from May to September and also serves light meals. Materials from which the Cathedral is constructed include granite from Peterhead, plus Tarradale red stone. The Cathedral is the seat for the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness.
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
The brilliantly modern Inverness Museum and Art Gallery houses artefacts and exhibitions about the history and importance of the Scottish Highlands – the wildest and most beautiful place in the British Isles. You’ll find out how the Picts lived, discover the tools and weapons the Scottish tribes used to survive, and come face to face with some of the native flora and fauna of the region. From hedgehogs and badgers to the super-rare wildcat, there are plenty of furry friends to meet out there in the Highlands! The Inverness Museum and Art Gallery is open year round, from Tuesday to Saturday during the summer and from Thursday to Saturday in the winter. Admission is free.