Published: 15/11/2017 06:00 - Updated: 10/11/2017 16:03

Call made in 1998 for Inverness Castle to be transformed into a tourist attraction

IC 200, Inverness Courier

 

AN innovative proposal to turn Inverness Castle into a major tourist attraction was mooted by a local tourism operator in October.

Gordon Williamson suggested the turret on the north tower be opened up to give visitors a bird's eye view of the town.

He said that many people wanted access to the castle which was occupied by Inverness Sheriff Court and also wanted to go up the tower.

"Famous cities around the world all have places where people can get an excellent viewpoint and so does Inverness," he said. "The only thing is we can't get up there."

His idea quickly found support from other tourist bosses and Inverness councillor Chrissie Cumming.

In April 2017, the tower opened its doors to the public allowing 360 degree views of the city and many of the famous landmarks in the surrounding area.

Highland Council, which owns the tower, said it was the first phase in transforming the castle into a major tourist attraction when the courts move out.

The transformation of the castle has been a major element in the Inverness Courier's Reinvent The City Centre campaign.

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