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Inverness Castle Tours

Inverness Castle
Perched atop a hill by the River Ness, this Victorian-era red sandstone castle—built to replace the medieval fortress blown up by the Jacobites in 1746—is one of Inverness’ most prominent historic structures. Access to the castle, now occupied by government offices and law courts, is restricted but the grounds are open to the public. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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’s Macbeth, and the Jacobites razed the castle to the ground just weeks before their final defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.
Address: 41 Castle St, Inverness IV2 3EG, Scotland
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Inverness City Centre Walking Tour Private and Luxury

Inverness City Centre Walking Tour

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This tour is a must do on a visit to Inverness. Meaning "Mouth of the River Ness", Inverness is surrounded by the river and other natural beauty. It is the capital of the Highlands and therefore acts as a main shopping, entertainment and travel centre for the North of Scotland. On this 1.5 hour tour, you will explore the history and modern culture of Inverness. You'll learn about how the city has grown from its humble beginnings into officially the happiest city in Scotland. This is a family-friendly, leisurely stroll around the city. Key sights: Inverness Castle Eden Court Inverness Cathedral River Ness The Old Town House Old High Church Balnain House and many more hidden gems too
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Walking tour Inverness, 2.5 hrs, all points of interest included Historical Tours

Walking tour Inverness, 2.5 hrs, all points of interest included

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An ideal way to see the capital of the highlands,Inverness with a local guide, Visiting all the most important points of interest
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours
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Inverness Bike Tour a 2 hours guided bike tour around the Waterways of InvernessNature and Wildlife

Inverness Bike Tour a 2 hours guided bike tour around the Waterways of Inverness

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This biking tour around Inverness takes you to more places than you'd see on foot and to places that buses and cars cannot reach. The Waterways Tour rides along the River Ness and The Caledonian Canal, making many stops along the way to learn about the area from your guide who has lived in Inverness all their life.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Inverness: Gateway to the Highlands Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMapPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Inverness: Gateway to the Highlands Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Kilts, bagpipes, Gaelic, clans and hot Jacobites (I'm looking at you, Jamie Fraser) - so many of our Scottish stereotypes come from the Highlands. Inverness has always been the capital of the Highlands, the gateway between the Highland and Lowland communities. Yet Inverness has a complicated relationship with its Highland heritage. On this tour, you will delve into that relationship through ancient legends, invented traditions and a battle about a cheese. This audio tour takes you on a 3km walk around the highlights of the town. It takes an hour without stopping but you can pause the tour whenever you choose. The audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smart phone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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Inverness Food and Drink ToursHalf-day Tours

Inverness Food and Drink Tours

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An easy paced exploratory adventure around the historical city of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Dine on produce from local rivers, our seas, our shores and the magnificent evolution of the traditional haggis, in its many glorious forms. Sample ales, whiskies and gins from our islands and glens, experiencing our culture in the best way possible, through the food! You will be met in an easy to find location at falcon square, situated directly next to the local transport network hub. From there, our local tour guide will take you to some of the lesser known spots, to give you an enlightened view of the beauty this area has to offer. It’s time for an adventure.
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  • 3 hours
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Legendary Loch Ness Round TourDay Trips

Legendary Loch Ness Round Tour

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Enjoy a 4 to 5 hour trip to get a flavor of the lush hills and glens in and around the world famous and mysterious Loch Ness. Experience tastes of this unique culture, history and landscape. The small-group tour will be in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus that seats up to 8 people. Relax with your professional, Scottish, tour guide, Johnny, as he takes you on a journey all the way round Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Drumnadrochit, Urquhart castle, Inverness cathedral and what better way to complete your tour than with a visit to Inverness Castle
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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GHD Clan Tour of Loch Ness (Round Trip)Day Trips

GHD Clan Tour of Loch Ness (Round Trip)

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There is no better way to see and hear about the views, culture and history as you travel the whole way round the Famous Loch (and it is a loch not a lake) than from a kilted Highlander. On this tour George will transport you through time and back again.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Terribly Good Tales : The Inverness Walking TourHistorical Tours

Terribly Good Tales : The Inverness Walking Tour

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On this tour you will learn about Inverness’ fascinating and rich history, as well as being thoroughly entertained with lesser-known stories and light-hearted anecdotes! You will hear: gruesome tales of kidnap, slavery and battles; amusing anecdotes about our infamous Loch Ness monster; legends of witches, body snatchers and prophets; and the story of the cheese battle! Your local guide will keep you enthralled from start to finish as you have a leisurely walk around the picturesque town centre, ticking off all of the key sights and seeing them in a completely different light.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Loch Ness Inverness TourDay Trips

Loch Ness Inverness Tour

For a minimum of 4 hours, you can customise this tour however you want. The highlights of going round Loch Ness have been described, it is up to you how much of these places you want to stop at!
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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