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TITLE
Palace Hotel and Columba Hotel, Inverness
EXTERNAL ID
PC_MACLEAN_INVERNESS_01
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Clare Maclean
SOURCE
Clare Maclean
ASSET ID
29259
KEYWORDS
hotels
mansions
mansion house
mansion houses
tourists
tourism
First World War
World War 1
Palace Hotel and Columba Hotel, Inverness

The Palace Hotel and the Columba Hotel are situated on Ness Walk, Inverness. They both occupy the site of the 18th century mansion Ness House. The mansion was demolished around 1870.

The Palace Hotel was built in 1890, to the designs of Dr. Alexander Ross. It is a Baronial-style three-storey building, with two conical-roofed towers, connected by an arch. The construction of the railway made Inverness a popular tourist destination and the Palace was one of the first tourist hotels in the town. During World War I it was used by the Navy as a billet for its senior naval officers.

The Columba Hotel, also designed by Ross, was built in 1881. When it first opened, it was called 'The Victoria' and then it became 'The Alexandra' during the 1920s. It was not until 1923 that it came to be known as 'The Columba'. Above the front first-storey window is a tablet with a carving of a dove. The word 'columba' is Latin for 'dove'.

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Palace Hotel and Columba Hotel, Inverness

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

hotels; mansions; mansion house; mansion houses; tourists; tourism; First World War; World War 1

Clare Maclean

The Palace Hotel and the Columba Hotel are situated on Ness Walk, Inverness. They both occupy the site of the 18th century mansion Ness House. The mansion was demolished around 1870.<br /> <br /> The Palace Hotel was built in 1890, to the designs of Dr. Alexander Ross. It is a Baronial-style three-storey building, with two conical-roofed towers, connected by an arch. The construction of the railway made Inverness a popular tourist destination and the Palace was one of the first tourist hotels in the town. During World War I it was used by the Navy as a billet for its senior naval officers.<br /> <br /> The Columba Hotel, also designed by Ross, was built in 1881. When it first opened, it was called 'The Victoria' and then it became 'The Alexandra' during the 1920s. It was not until 1923 that it came to be known as 'The Columba'. Above the front first-storey window is a tablet with a carving of a dove. The word 'columba' is Latin for 'dove'.