Doors Open Days A-Z - Letter W

With Doors Open Days just around the corner, we are kicking off August by posting an alphabet of some of the fantastic buildings that will be open next month!


W is for Wardlaw Mauseolum, taking part in Doors Open Days in Inverness on 1st and 2nd September.

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.

Guided tours will be available which don't need to be booked in advance.


Visit the "Find a Building" section of our website to find out what buildings will open near you in September!