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Architectural features at Inverness Castle set to be illuminated as plans for new lighting system are submitted to Highland Council


By Val Sweeney

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An artist’s impression of how Inverness Castle will look following the transformation.
An artist’s impression of how Inverness Castle will look following the transformation.

A new lighting system is set to highlight the architectural features of Inverness Castle following its transformation into a tourist attraction.

A planning application for new external lighting at the site has been lodged with Highland Council.

The proposals include an intelligent new lighting system designed specifically to highlight the castle in the evenings.

It is designed to draw attention to the building’s architecture, with feature towers and castellations specifically highlighted by specialist light fittings.

The proposals also feature an extensive lighting scheme built into the new landscaping design which will provide safe lighting levels to the main pedestrian routes and highlight many of the existing and newly proposed landscaping features.

Plans to light up the statue of Flora MacDonald have been submitted.
Plans to light up the statue of Flora MacDonald have been submitted.

Other improvements include discreet contemporary lighting around the statue of Flora MacDonald, illuminated bicycle stands and ambient lighting in and around public benches and planters.

The application marks further progress in the multi-million pound transformation of the castle into a gateway tourist attraction celebrating the spirit of the Highlands.

Highland Council's south planning applications committee approved the main planning application for the building in April 2021.

The transformation of Inverness Castle is supported by £15 million Scottish Government and £3 million UK Government investment through the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal.

It will create a gateway for Highland tourism, contributing to reinvigoration of tourism across the area and providing much needed investment for the industry to aid the recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The project will support economic growth throughout the Highland area.

The Inverness and Highland City Region deal is a joint initiative supported by up to £315 million investment from the UK and Scottish governments, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and University of the Highlands and Islands, aimed at stimulating sustainable regional economic growth.

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