April A-Z: A is for Abertarff House

Abertarff House in Church Street is the oldest secular building in Inverness.

It was built in 1593 and after a long and chequered history of use (including a period of disrepair) has been restored by the National Trust for Scotland. Since 2018 it has been open to the public – although due to the current Coronavirus pandemic it is closed, as is most of Inverness, and Scotland, and the UK, and the world for that matter.

I had hoped to take the historical tour and take some proper photographs to share, but was waiting for the weather to pick up before doing my tourist bit. However it seems I left it too late and now we’re in lockdown limbo so sadly that particular post (along with many others) will have to wait for a later date, sometime in the future when life returns to some semblance of normality.

So for now, here is a side-on view of the outside of Abertarff House as seen from the street.

For this year’s A-Z I’m going to take you on a photographic tour of My Inverness, Past and Present. I grew up in the local area, I went to school here and brought up my three children here, but I moved away to London for 18 years before returning home for good at the end of last summer.

P.S. My initial plan for my A-Z posts has necessarily been curtailed due to the current coronavirus pandemic, but we’ll get through the alphabet one way or another, however creative my use of subjects may have to be – so thank you for visiting Inverness with me, and I hope you enjoy our trip! 🙂

7 thoughts on “April A-Z: A is for Abertarff House

  1. I have a number of places on my list of “Thursday Doors” photos where I’ve been waiting to be able to take the tour. Most historic buildings here are open May-October – hopefully, I’ll get there. I like the look of this place. Your time to visit will come.

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  2. I shall enjoy this virtual tour of a place I had hoped (in my youth) to visit one day. My father’s ‘people’ come from Scotland – although which area I’m unsure of. Tis a fine thing you’re offering us.. Thanks Ruth!!

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  3. Hi Ruth,
    Would love to jimmy open that door and hide away inside as the coronavirus passes by. No one would even know I was there. Of course, it’s safe enough for me to make my devious notions public when I live in far off Australia and all the planes are grounded.
    Hopefully you’ll be able to get out and about and update these posts soonish.
    Best wishes,

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