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4 Jul 2019

Time travel at Abertarff House

An exterior view of Abertarff House, where its bright white stone walls contrast against a deep blue sky. It has a round tower with a turreted top in the centre of the building.
Abertarff House, Inverness
We’re giving people the chance to experience Inverness’s oldest secular building, celebrating the history and heritage of the town and the Highlands.

Abertarff House will open to the public in summer 2019, providing the chance for people to learn more about the history and heritage of Inverness and the Highlands.

The 2½-storey townhouse with a projecting turnpike stairway was built for the Frasers of Lovat in 1593. It remained in their family for over 200 years. The Commercial Bank of Scotland acquired Abertarff House in the 19th century and gifted it to the National Trust for Scotland in 1963.

The house was restored by the Trust in 1966, and over the past 50 years it has been used as the headquarters for An Comunn Gàidhealach, our regional headquarters and the Highland Council’s office base for Scotland’s Homecoming Festival. Our regional offices are now located in Balnain House, just across the River Ness.

It was opened to the public for the first time in 2018, after a programme of conservation work by our charity.

In 2019, the team are offering Time Travel tours for visitors. Staff and volunteers have researched every possible nook and cranny of the city of Inverness to bring an exciting and new angle to their tours.

“Our team have learned about hippopotamus feet, witches and risings to bring the history of Inverness to life.”
Katey Boal, Abertarff House manager

Starting and finishing at Abertarff House in Church Street, the 90-minute tour will explore the Jacobites, riots, monsters and magic.

The tours run Thursday–Sunday from 4 July 2019 at 1.30pm. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £10 for concessions.