The external elevations of Inverness Castle are being carefully restored and conserved in a phased manner.
The first phase of restoration to the principal elevations facing the esplanade and the river are soon to be revealed as the scaffolding in that area is removed.
The works have included expert conservation of stonework and pointing, restoration and redecoration of windows and doors, roof repairs, and reinstatement of traditional rainwater goods.
Over the remainder of the contract, the restoration works will continue to address all of the other facades, conserving the fabric of the castle for future generations.
Cllr Ian Brown, Leader of the City of Inverness and Area and Co-chair of the Inverness Castle Project Delivery Group, said:
“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 facade.
“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 scaffolding coming down marks a significant milestone towards the delivery of the Inverness Castle Experience.”
The Inverness Castle project, opening in 2025, will benefit from £30m investment to support its re-development from the Scottish and UK Governments, The 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 £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and University of the Highlands and Islands, aimed at stimulating sustainable regional economic growth.