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Abertarff House

Door open days

31 August 2019 (11am to 6pm)

1 September 2019 (11am to 6pm)

Highland - Inverness & surrounding area

Built in 1593, the oldest house in Inverness has witnessed the Covenanting times, Jacobite risings and two world wars - if only the walls could talk!

Abertarff is the oldest house in Inverness.  Tucked away on Church Street it's a 2.5 storey town house with a projecting turnpike stairway.  It was owned briefly by the Fraser of Lovat Family, whose clansmen fought on the Jacobite side at the Battle of Culloden.

In the 19th Century the building was acquired by the Commercial Bank of Scotland but after being split up for housing, the site fell into disrepair.  It was gifted to the National Trust for Scotland in 1963 and the building was restored by the Trust in 1966.

Over the past 50+ years, Abertarff House has been used for many things including the headquarters for An Comunn Gaidhealach (The Gaelic Association), a shop and the Trust's regional headquarters.

Talks each day on the history of the building and street each day at 1330 which do not need to be booked


Key Information

Building Date: 1593

For Doors Open Days there will be a temporary exhibition and talks each day at 1330 on the history of the house and the street - no need to book

  • Church Street
  • Inverness
  • IV1 1EU