The present castle houses the Sheriff Court and also stages the Castle Garrison Encounter, where you can sign up as a mid-18th-century soldier. New recruits (that's you) pass through the Quartermaster's Store and are introduced to the Sergeant of the Guard, before being accosted by a female camp follower and finally led out through the garrison shop. Info - Mar-Nov Mon-Sat (Sun only in Jul/Aug) 1030-1730. Tel. 243363.
Around the castle
On the castle terrace is a statue of Flora MacDonald, to honour her part in helping the prince to escape. Below the castle is Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, on Castle Wynd beside the Tourist Information Centre . During summer and autumn this wonderful museum, complete with cafe to rest tired feet, underwnet a £1 million refurbishment. Scheduled to repen in time for the year long Highland 2007 celebrations, the museum provides an overview of the history of the town and the region, while the gallery hosts some special exhibitions that have included paintings by the Scottish colourist JD Fergusson.Info - Mon-Sat 0900-1700. Free.
Just around the corner, on High Street, is the Gothic-style Town House, where Prime Minister Lloyd George held an emergency cabinet meeting in 1921, the first ever to be held outside London.