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Abertarff House

The oldest house in Inverness and important example of 16th-century domestic architecture
An old white townhouse with a grey slate roof and a wooden door.
  • 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!

  • Discover more about old Inverness in our free exhibition.

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About this place

Built in 1593, Abertarff is the oldest house in Inverness. Tucked away on Church Street, it’s a 2½ 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.

Eventually the Commercial Bank of Scotland acquired Abertarff House in the 19th century, 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 Gàidhealach (The Gaelic Association), a shop and the Trust’s regional headquarters.