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Historic Old High Church in Inverness under offer after it went on market at over £150k

By Val Sweeney

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Old High Church in Inverness is under offer.
Old High Church in Inverness is under offer.

A historic Inverness church is under offer after it was placed on the market for offers of over £150,000.

The Old High Church – which is the oldest in Inverness – has important links with the Battle of Culloden, Highland regiments and the globally popular historic drama series Outlander.

It hosted its final service last year after it was judged to be no longer financially viable to operate.

The A-listed church which occupies a prominent position overlooking the River Ness was placed on the market by the Church of Scotland which described it as a once-in-a-lifetime purchase opportunity for the right buyer.

With the closing date for offers now having passed, the church's website detailing property and church buildings for sale reveals it is now under offer.

The building dates from 1769/1772 with a late 16th century tower with lower structure dating from 14th century.

The tower houses the city (old burgh) clock and curfew bell which still rings daily.

The sales details state that in addition to use as a church, it could be used, with appropriate listed building approvals, as a crèche, day nursery, day centre, educational establishment, museum, art gallery or public library.

It also has the potential for a various other uses, such as a theatre, cinema or entertainment venue, hospitality

and restaurant, retail space or community resource subject to appropriate consents.

The last regular service at the Old High Church took place last year.
The last regular service at the Old High Church took place last year.

A campaign was launched by the Friends of the Old High Church in a bid to give the ancient building a new life as a multi-purpose venue while respecting its background as a place of worship.

The group believes it has potential as a hub for multi-cultural entertainment, educational, social and tourism activity.

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