Fort Charlotte
Fort Charlotte
A substantial 17th century artillery fort built to guard the Sound of Bressay from the threat of Dutch invasion. Despite the high and massively constructed walls, the Dutch took Fort Charlotte in 1673 and burned it to the ground. It was rebuilt in 1781 and it is largely the 18th century defenses we see today.
The fort is pentagonal in layout, with bastions projecting from each of the five sides. It is in the care of Historic Scotland and can be accessed by obtaining the keys from a local keyholder (details on the Historic Scotland website).