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Expect bonny views as the North Tower of Scotland's historic Inverness Castle opens as a tourist attraction

Scotland’s historic Inverness Castle has long been one of the country’s most stunning attractions, and now its North Tower is set to be opened as a tourist attraction by Easter.

The North Tower of Scotland's historic Inverness Castle is to be opened as a tourist attraction by Easter. Image: Highland Council
The North Tower of Scotland’s historic Inverness Castle is to be opened as a tourist attraction by Easter. Image: Highland Council

When the work is completed, the viewpoint will offer spectacular views of Inverness, looking south over the River Ness and beyond and north over the Ness Bridge towards the Black Isle.

Inverness Scottish Highlands has some breathtaking scenery along which the new walk is planned
The North Tower of Scotland’s historic Inverness Castle is to be opened as a tourist attraction by Easter. Image by Vicki Burton / CC BY-SA 2.0

The project includes new access, a shop and a stairway to the roof and viewing platform, and the latter will be known as the Castle Viewpoint.

The North Tower of Scotland's historic Inverness Castle is to be opened as a tourist attraction by Easter. Image: Highland Council
The North Tower of Scotland’s historic Inverness Castle is to be opened as a tourist attraction by Easter. Image: Highland Council

Entry will be free for the first week for visitors and locals who wish to get a look at how the tower has been transformed, according to Margaret Davidson, leader of Highland Council.

The North Tower of Scotland's historic Inverness Castle is to be opened as a tourist attraction by Easter. Image: Highland Council
The North Tower of Scotland’s historic Inverness Castle is to be opened as a tourist attraction by Easter. Image: Highland Council

Comprehensive stonework repairs were carried out to the North Tower to ensure the 175-year-old landmark was in perfect condition for its refurbishment.

The North Tower of Scotland's historic Inverness Castle is to be opened as a tourist attraction by Easter. Image: Highland Council
The North Tower of Scotland’s historic Inverness Castle is to be opened as a tourist attraction by Easter. Image: Highland Council

Provost Helen Carmichael said, “The views are spectacular from the top and I am confident that visitors to Inverness will be delighted with the Castle Viewpoint. It adds significantly to the city’s draw as a worldwide tourist destination.”

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