We visited Inverness, which is on the east coast of Scotland, just before Christmas 2016, and again at the start of March 2017, unfortunately on each trip, we were unable to stop in the centre of the city….. we had run out of time on both occasion. I could only managed to get a few photos from the car window. Also the visits were late in the afternoon and the light was fading. To top it all, the castle had scaffolding around one of the towers, but then I noticed, very small people looking out over the city. I want to keep a record of the scaffolding, as we will be visiting again, and although the castle is not open, the castle grounds and gardens are. I would like to go back in the sunshine and take some more photos. Inverness is growing at a great rate of knots and soon will become another large Scottish city. So I would like to try to collect some little bits of Inverness, before they all vanish.
A little history ………The sandstone Inverness Castle, was built in 1836 to plans drawn by architect William Burn. It was constructed on a mound overlooking the city and the River Ness. In 1848, a building known as the North Block was added and served as a prison. But a castle had occupied the site from possibly as far back as the 11th Century. Over the centuries, the fortification fell under the control of the forces of Edward I, Robert the Bruce and James I, II and IV. In 1562, it was attacked and damaged by soldiers loyal to Mary, Queen of Scots, before it was almost destroyed by Royalist troops in the 1600s.
Bonnie Prince Charlie’s forces blew the castle up in 1746 to prevent it from falling into the hands of government troops. It was said that a French sergeant, who had brought his poodle with him to Scotland, set off the explosives. The soldier was caught in the blast, and his body was blown across to the opposite side of the River Ness, his dog survived. Today the castle houses Inverness Sheriff Court. The Drum Tower houses an exhibition of castle history and is open daily in the summer season. The castle itself is not open to the public.