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Renovation of Inverness Castle exterior starts to be revealed


By Val Sweeney

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The restoration and conservation of the outside of Inverness Castle is starting to be revealed.
The restoration and conservation of the outside of Inverness Castle is starting to be revealed.

The restoration of Inverness Castle's facade will soon be revealed as the scaffolding is removed.

The building is undergoing major work as it is transformed into a visitor attraction which will open in 2025.

The first phase of restoration to the principal elevations facing the esplanade and the river are soon to be revealed following work including conservation of stonework and pointing, restoration and redecoration of windows and doors, roof repairs, and reinstatement of traditional rainwater goods.

Over the rest of the contract, the restoration work will continue to address all the other facades, conserving the fabric of the castle for future generations.

Councillor Ian Brown, leader of the City of Inverness and area and co-chairman of the Inverness Castle Project Delivery Group, said the scaffolding coming down marks a significant milestone in the project.

"It is wonderful to see this landmark historical building being slowly unveiled to reveal the magnitude of work that has gone in to restoring the façade," he said.

"Not only is the castle an important building for the Highlands, but it also stands at the heart of Inverness, and we are delighted that it is now beginning to be back on show."

The Inverness Castle project will benefit from £30 million investment to support its re-development from the Scottish and UK Governments, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and a range of other partners.

The Inverness Castle project is part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, which 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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