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Inverness Castle
NH 666-451 Inverness-shire Scotland

Inverness CastleInverness Castle was originally a 12th century earth and timber enclosure fortress, founded by King David I. In the early 14th century during the Wars of Independence, English troops under King Edward I occupied the castle, which was taken and destroyed by King Robert the Bruce in 1310. In the early 15th century Alexander, earl of Mar, founded a stone castle on the hill and in the 16th century George Gordon, earl of Huntly added a high square stone tower. Seizes and badly damaged by the Royalists in 1649, from 1653-8 Cromwell's Fort was built at the mouth of the River Ness. In 1726, General Wade transformed the castle into the square Hanoverian Fort George, with a governor's house and a chapel, encased by barracks. Surrendered to the Jacobite army of Prince Charles Edwards Stuart in 1746, the castle was blown up after the Battle of Culloden. A dramatic mid 19th century neo-Norman castle now stands on the site, built to house the Sheriff Courthouse and County Hall and all that remains of the medieval castle are a deep resorted well and part of the bastion wall. 7 miles south-west is Aldourie Castle and 12 miles west is Beaufort Castle.


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Inverness Castle is located in the city centre, off Castle Hill. 104 miles north-west of Aberdeen, on the A96.

The site is freely accessible in daylight hours.

There are car parks nearby.


Inverness Castle pictures and large castle map
Inverness Castle Picture 1Inverness Castle Picture 2Inverness Castle Picture 3Castle Map of the Area

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