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Inverness Castle Scotland

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Formerly Inverness-shire Constabulary HQ


Right in the centre of the City of Inverness, dominating the Rover Ness (and its main bridge) which it overlooks!


A view from a different angle (taken from on Ness Bridge). The Castle actually comprises two separate large buildings, the North Tower (on the left) and the Main Building (Court House) on the right. The Drum Tower in the centre joins the two. The Police Headquarters was the North Tower.


The building was completed in two parts, in the 1840's and 1850's.




The North Tower where the Police HQ was located also housed the County Council Hall and the County Jail until a prison was built in the vicinity.


It was the HQ of Inverness-shire Constabulary until 1968, when that force and Inverness Burgh Police merged so it became Headquarters of the joint force "Inverness Constabulary" and it was there that I joined the Police in 1973. (I am sure that the fitness test began with the walk up the brae from the City Centre!!)


Although a new HQ was opened in 1974 (which became HQ for the Highlands and Islands in 1975 following yet another merger), The Castle building was in use as a police office up until 1999 (I worked there in 1979) when a new Operational HQ opened at Burnett Road, adjacent to Inverness City Centre.


Weatherwise - a lovely clear day which really showed up the building and grounds

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Taken on October 14, 2005