Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round.
Monday to Sunday, 7am - 8pm

Facilities

 

Overview

Wander among the massive walls of an artillery fort built to protect the Sound of Bressay from the Dutch. 

Construction of Fort Charlotte began – though was not completed – in 1665, during the Second Dutch War. It was rebuilt more than a century later, during the War of American Independence, but the newer fort never saw military action. 

Today, the fort is presented much as it would have looked in the 1780s.