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Inverness Castle could open as tourist attraction

Inverness Castle in the Scottish Highlands.
Inverness Castle in the Scottish Highlands. Image by Vicki Burton / CC BY-SA 2.0

Inverness Castle, which has been used as a jail, a county hall and a sheriff’s court, looks increasingly likely to be opened up to the public. The castle, in the Scottish Highlands, overlooks the River Ness, and its tower offers views across Inverness and into the surrounding hills. It was built in 1836 on the same site as a previous fortress that played a key role in several conflicts before being blown up by Bonnie Prince Charlie’s forces towards the end of the Jacobite Rising. There are plans to turn the whole castle into an attraction, but short-term plans include the opening of the North Tower, which is owned by the Highland Council. Read more: bbc.co.uk