Transformation of Inverness Castle recommended to go-ahead

The Castlehill site was described in the application as"distinguished, iconic and crucial" to the character of Inverness.

Transformation of Inverness Castle recommended to go-ahead Highland Council

A development that would see Inverness Castle transformed into a visitor attraction with a cafe and shop is being recommended to get the go-ahead.

The planning application submitted by Highland Council would see the former Sheriff Court building instead become a centre for exhibitions and events in the heart of the city.

The Castlehill site was described in the application as “distinguished, iconic and crucial” to the character of Inverness.

A statement on the design submitted by LDN Architects said: “The proposals described… aim to change Inverness Castle from a court and former prison to a visitor attraction to be enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike.

Inverness Castle sits atop a cliff overlooking the River Ness (VisitScotland)

“The site has long been the symbolic and fought over seat of power of Inverness, making the handing
over of it to a place for the public all the more significant.”

The castle sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness, it was built in 1836 on the site of the original fortress. It operated as a the city’s Sheriff Court and a prison before that role was moved to the new Inverness Justice Centre last year.

The application will come before the Highland Council planning committee next week.

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