Project Overview


The Highland Council

Construction Period

12 months



Project Overview

The works were streetscape improvements on Castle Wynd to create a more pedestrian friendly environment in the access to the Inverness Castle and Museum.

The existing surfacing materials on Castle Wynd were removed, and the surface replaced with natural stone sett paving, Caithness flag stone and granite kerbing. The existing utilities were identified and protected during the works and the Utility covers were re-set to the new surfacing levels.

The steps to the Castle access were replaced with granite steps and resin bound surfacing, and included a new ramped access to tie into the existing resin bound Castle approach. The existing handrail on the Castle approach was amended and new matching railing fabricated for the ramp and steps. The railings on the access to the Castle Street toilets shall be prepared and painted. In addition, improvements were made to the long stretch of steps down to Castle Road.

Midway through the job the global coronavirus pandemic hit, which required the site to close for around 3 months in line with guidance from the Scottish Government which caused delay to completion of the job.

Castle Wynd is located in the middle of Inverness City Centre – a road which gives access to The Children’s Reporter Admin, Inverness Museum, and Inverness Castle. The road had to remain functional and safe to the many vehicles and people using the access, and pedestrians passing through every day (excluding the 3-week road closure for surfacing works).

Key Numbers

  • 70m of brushed finish stainless steel handrails
  • 27m of mild steel handrails
  • 450m2 of Caithness Slabs
  • 450m2 of Granite Setts
  • 45m2 of Resin bound paving
  • 50m2 of Tactile Paving
  • 85m2 of Granite Steps