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This year we have 26 venues in and around Inverness open on 31 August and 01 September 2019

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

Dunlichty Church

Date 1: 31/08/2019
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 1 (31 August - 1 September)

31 August 2019

Dunlichty Church was built in 1759 and is believed to be the third stone church on this site - all previous churches having been wooden constructions. According to tradition, the building before this one had a porch where the men of the parish left their bows and arrows during Sunday services. Marks made by sharpening arrows and swords could be seen on the sandstone cheeks of the porch. Such marks can still be seen on the corner stone of the Shaw burial enclosure.In the corner of the graveyard surrounding the church is a watch house, built around 1882 to protect the graves from grave robbers of the time.There has been worship here since the time of the first church dedicated to St Finan in the year 575 AD.Dunlichty Church was united with the Parish of Daviot in 1618 - one of the first such unions in Scotland and believed to be the oldest such union still where both churches are still in use. It is a place of wonderful stillness and has a special atmosphere of its own.

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

Emergency Operations Centre/ World War Two Radar Bunker

Date 1: 31/08/2019
Date 2: 01/09/2019
Tags: Weekend 1 (31 August - 1 September)

31-1 September 2019

A top-secret RADAR chain was constructed around Britain in the late 1930s. Three bomb-proof underground bunkers were built for the RAF in 1941 in the Raigmore Estate. Their purpose was top secret - to process RADAR signals from around the North of England, the Scottish and Irish coasts. This allowed the detection and interception of enemy bombers in the North Sea and the Atlantic. This is the single remaining bunker, the other two having been demolished. During the Cold War it was converted into a nuclear, biological and chemical hardened facility which could have been a Regional seat of Government. Until recently the bunker was used as the Council’s Emergency Centre. The bunker has recently changed hands and part of it will be converted into a museum. This is an opportunity to see the building as it was following the conversion to a hardened facility. If you have any artefacts or items of interest relating to the bunker, please bring them along. Tours at 1000, 1130, 1300 and 1430. Each tour will last approximately 90 minutes – max 12 people per tour. Please note that the tour at 1300 will be conducted in Gaelic.

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

Free North Church

Date 1: 31/08/2019
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 1 (31 August - 1 September)

31 August 2019

The Free North Church, which was designed by Alexander Ross, and opened on 7th June 1893, is Gothic style with the tallest spire in Inverness at 170 feet.Whilst it is typical of the Presbyterian plain style, it surpasses most others in size and in the boldness and elegance of its detail. North Church congregation split from East Church (Church of Scotland) and joined the Free Church of Scotland at the 1843 Disruption.The interior, which can seat 1300, has been restored with stencil work on the barrel ceiling. The box below the pulpit was for the Precentor who led the singing. Now either a precentor or a keyboard player lead the praise.

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

Highland Archive and Registration Centre

Date 1: 31/08/2019
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 1 (31 August - 1 September) Great for families and children

31 August 2019

Uncover stories from the past at the Highland Archive and Registration Centre. The building situated along the river from Bught Park is the state of the art home for the historic records of Inverness-shire, Ross & Cromarty, Sutherland and Nairnshire; and houses documents dating from the 13th century to the present day, including maps, records of schools, poor relief, churches and businesses, alongside family and estate papers. The building is also home to the Family History Centre, the Inverness Registration Service (with two wedding ceremony rooms and access to the ScotlandsPeople network) and Highland History and Culture website, Am Baile.

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

Inverness Cathedral

Date 1: 31/08/2019
Date 2: 01/09/2019
Tags: Weekend 1 (31 August - 1 September)

31-1 September 2019

The Cathedral which is dedicated to St Andrew was designed by architect Alexander Ross and built between 1866-9. It was consecrated in 1874 and is the mother church of the Episcopal diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness. The Cathedral contains a picture celebrating the consecration of the first American Bishop, Samuel Seabury in 1784 and Russian icons presented to Bishop Eden by Tsar Alexander. There are a number of interesting features including the architecture and windows including the great west window representing Our Lord in Glory at the Last Judgement and the diocese's memorial to Bishop Eden.

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

Inverness Creative Academy

Date 1: 31/08/2019
Date 2: 31/08/2019
Tags: Weekend 1 (31 August - 1 September)

31-31 August 2019

The Midmills Buildings are iconic landmarks in the Inverness Cityscape. Wasps is transforming these two beautiful B-listed Victorian school buildings into the largest creative facility for artists, creative industries, cultural social enterprises and the community in the Scottish Highlands. Phase 1, in the restored 1913 Arts & Science Extension, is complete and now home to 36 visual artists and makers based in the Highlands, and 3 creative learning organisations. It currently houses frequent and varied exhibitions in the refurbished gym hall and a mixed workshop and events programme in the smaller creative spaces. Wasps will host tours of both buildings at fixed times, and general access will be available to the exhibition and public spaces in Phase 1 throughout the day.

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

Old High Church

Date 1: 31/08/2019
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 1 (31 August - 1 September)

31 August 2019

It is believed that there has been a church on this site since the 12th century. The present building dates from the late 18th century though it is thought that the building contains remnants of earlier structures.In Celtic times, St Columba of Iona is said to have preached here at 'St Michael's Mount'.The current building is mostly 18th century with 19th century additions, with part of the tower 14th century. Curfew is still rung from the clock tower at 8pm every night.It was used as a prison after The Battle of Culloden (1746) with prisoners said to have been executed in the graveyard. Inside you can see the King James' 1st Edition Bible of 1611, a field communion set used by the legendary "Tartan Pimpernel" during the Second World War, a Willis organ, a chancel of Iona marble, and monuments to Inverness worthies.It is still the venue of the annual 'Kirking of the Council' when the Provost and councillors process from the Town House for worship.

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church

Date 1: 31/08/2019
Date 2: 01/09/2019
Tags: Weekend 1 (31 August - 1 September)

31-1 September 2019

In 1827, St Mary's, Inverness, was established as a Mission with Fr Terence McGuire as priest in charge. St Mary's Church opened on 2nd April 1837.This beautiful building was the work of William Robertson, Architect, of Elgin. It is a very fine example of Victorian Gothic Revival. By 1888, to cater for ever-growing numbers, the Church was enlarged by the addition of a new Sanctuary, with a High Altar in Caen stone after the style of Peter Paul Pugin. During 2014 and 2015, there was extensive internal decoration and refurbishment in the church. There re many fine new stained glass windows throughout the building, a re-ordered sanctuary with a new forward altar and reliquary, a new icon of the Presentation, and a new carved wood statue of St John Ogilvie. Limited disabled access. www.stmarysinverness.co.uk tel 01463 233519 stmarysinverness@btinternet.com

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

St Stephen's Church

Date 1: 31/08/2019
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 1 (31 August - 1 September)

31 August 2019

Carefully detailed Arts and Crafts Gothic by W.L. Carruthers, 1895-97, the church has a high open interior under a braced collar roof.The stained glass is of note. The three-light west window depicts the Martyrdom of St Stephen and is by A. Ballantine & Son, 1905; in the south wall, a Prophet also by A. Ballantine & Son, 1901; and in the north wall, a portrait of the Very Reverend Norman MacLeod, 1911 while the two-light window in the north transept is of the Marys at the tomb and is by A. Ballantine & Son, 1906.The chancel lights are of strongly coloured glass, 1895. The organ is by Wadsworth & Bros, 1902 and the pulpit is of locally grown oak. The church organ was substantially renovated in 2000 by A Edmonstone. New light fittings, in keeping with the Early Arts interior, were installed in 2012 as part of the electrical system upgrade.

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

Wardlaw Mausoleum

Date 1: 31/08/2019
Date 2: 01/09/2019
Tags: Weekend 1 (31 August - 1 September)

31-1 September 2019

The burial place of the Lovat Frasers, Wardlaw Mausoleum was erected in 1634 on the gable end of the medieval Wardlaw Parish Church. Built by William Ross, Master Mason, its notable features include a monument to Thomas 11th Lord Lovat and the buckle quoins in the east corner below the belfry which is dated 1722.There are also six lead coffins in the crypt, including one which until recently was thought to belong Simon 12th Lord Lovat, "The Old Fox", beheaded in London after the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. The mausoleum was renovated by the locally-formed Wardlaw Mausoleum Trust with funding from Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund in 1998. During the works, a fine quatrefoil window, thought to have been dedicated by Euphemia Fraser in 1341, was exposed in the west gable.

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