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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 City Centre Walking Tour

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Inverness City Centre Walking Tour
$8.46 per adult
$16.92 $8.00 savings
Traveler Favorite
Fun and informative!
We found Scott to be an informative, enthusiastic and engaging guide. We had a lot of fun and learnt a lot.
Rebecca_M, Nov 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
star-4
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.
star-4
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
star-4
Wonderful tour
Pleasealert, Aug 2019
Tour 2 Cawdor Castle, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness
We enjoyed the tour. Only complaint is about the communication of the starting time. We failed to receive the text message about the starting time and ended up having to wait for the bus for one and half hour. They should let us know how they are going tom inform us the starting time. Better yet, why not starting the tour half hour after the cruise ship starts letting passengers get off the ship. This is what the tours of other ports did.
star-5
Great tour
Wolfgang_S, Aug 2019
Tour 2 Cawdor Castle, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness
Enjoyed our tour. Pick up by ship was great. Driver was very informative. Went to many places of interest.
star-4
Nice Day
Steven_C, 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.
star-4
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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Awesome
jobsonma, Aug 2019
Tour 2 Cawdor Castle, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness
This tour was the best on our cruise! We drove past Loch Ness. Having read the Outlander series, I was thrilled to see Culloden and the standing stones. Cawdor Castle was great. Our tour guide was exceptional - so informative and interesting. The price was surprisingly low for the quality!! guide was exceptional. She was so well informed and interesting.
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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
star-5
Perfect Day in Invergordon
Maria_M, Jul 2019
Tour 2 Cawdor Castle, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness
I learned so much about the Scottish Highlands. Tour guide was amazingly prepared and connected the past history with present day Scotland. Very easy to locate your guide right at the port. I thought I got the Baku for my money.
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My wife and I and her brother went on a...
Gary, Jul 2013
City Sightseeing Inverness Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
My wife and I and her brother went on a British Isle cruise on Princess Cruise line. We pre-ordered the hop-on hop-off tour bus for all the ports that were available; Dublin, Liverpool, Belfast, Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh and London after the end of the cruise. We also purchased “Skip the Line” at Guinness storehouse, which was good because of the long line to purchase tickets. We walked right up to the pre-buy line person and walked in. All the hop-off hop-on buses were very good, clean and all workers were courteous and helpful. I don’t think they see the Viator online print off tickets very often, but there was no problem using the computer print off tickets. I would definitely recommend the hop-on hop-off tour buses every where you go. Pre buying did not save a lot, but you did not have to worry about having local cash to buy them. I normally do not conduct a rating but everything worked out well, so I will in this case. Gary, Renton, Washington

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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