Martello Towers

Martello Towers began to appear along England’s coastline around 1805 as a defence against invasion from the sea, particularly by Napoleon.


The Longhope Martello’s are unique in Scotland and were a newer design built around 1813-1815, however they were not designed to keep the French at bay but to protect the Baltic Convoys from the United States Navy and American privateers!

Hackness Martello & Battery are open to the public – evidence of life at the barracks can be viewed including examples of furniture and other military memorabilia.


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