5 Haunted Places to Visit in Inverness
Inverness is known for its nearby water monsters but according to FRANCES ABBOT it also has its fair share of spooks!
The red sandstone building sitting atop a hill by the River Ness which runs through the centre of the town is a fairly modern construction built in the mid nineteenth century and serving nowadays as the courthouse. However it is only the latest of the many castles which stood on the same elevated ground.
Inverness’ first castle was built mid-eleventh century and is reputed to have been the home of King Macbeth. This was replaced by a stone building in the reign of King David 1(1124-1153) and largely destroyed by Robert the Bruce in early 1300s. This in turn was rebuilt a hundred years later.
The castle was besieged in 1592 during the civil war surrounding Mary Queen of Scots. The governor, Alexander Gordon, denied the Queen entrance on the orders of his clan chief. She found lodgings in a house in Inverness until the castle fell to rival clans. Alexander Gordon was hanged for his treason.
After the last battle to be fought on British soil at Culloden in 1746 the castle was blown up by the forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s defeated army.