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Photography and filming tenders advertised for Spirit of the Highlands project at Inverness Castle

By Val Sweeney

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An artist's illustration of the transformation of Inverness Castle into a tourist attraction.
An artist's illustration of the transformation of Inverness Castle into a tourist attraction.

Photographers and filmmakers are being invited to submit bids as part of the Inverness Castle – Spirit of the Highlands project.

Work has begun at the castle to transform it into a gateway tourist attraction celebrating the spirit of the Highlands.

High Life Highland, on behalf of Highland Council, is now advertising a tender and invitation to quote, seeking creative filming and photography input including 1000 photographic stills.

It will contribute to Spirit:Journeys, a natural and cultural heritage initiative, which aims to encourage people to visit sustainably all parts of the Highlands.

It is supported by a grant from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund, led by NatureScot and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The tender is for the production of multimedia assets such as film and accompanying photographic stills that can be used for marketing and campaigns to promote the natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands on digital platforms, as well as digital and traditional media channels.

The films will aim to engage visitors before and after their visits to the area.

The invitation to quote is for 1000 photographic stills reflecting the diverse natural and cultural heritage of the Highland and Islands based on the twin themes of the individual and the landscape.

The images will be used in promotional material, online platforms and partner media channels for marketing and interpretive purposes.

The full notices are available on the Public Contracts Scotland website at www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk.

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.

The aim is to create a "must-see" attraction for Highland tourism, contributing to the 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 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.

Architectural features at Inverness Castle set to be illuminated

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