Inverness Castle presents a stunning sight above the River Ness as it flows through the ancient capital of the Scottish highlands. The old stronghold was not designed for the special rigors of modern action but it has been kept in service as host of local courts and judicial business for years. Might Inverness Castle serve a more fitting and useful purpose today?
Many people think perhaps so and some influential players are vigorously exploring exciting ideas. We know that detailed discussions are taking place about the future of Inverness Castle. Heritage and other advocates are pushing forward with aims for the Castle to become an International Clans and Heritage Centre. Advocates for the heritage centre will be discussing the idea with various government and Scottish Clan groups this fall and winter.
Already several in the Scottish and local Highland governments have gotten behind the concept and are actively exploring potential. It is not surprising that the international Scottish ancestral and heritage community is excited about the possibilities of creating such a high profile and iconic place as a permanent home to Scottish clan and family history and culture.
The idea is far from a done deal and many stakeholders are yet to become involved. Re-furbishment will be challenging as the building was in fact designed as a court and prison, built in 1836 and 1845 respectively, and has Grade A listing which means that virtually every pin, pot of paint and stone has to be approved by Historic Scotland. We will keep you up to date on developments as they occur. Check out this Highland Clans Partnership Group Briefing Paper for a deeper look at the concept.