Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round.

Temporarily closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

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.