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Fort George

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Address: Ardersier, Near Inverness, IV2 7TE
Operated by: Historic Environment Scotland
Opening Hours: 1 April to 30 September, Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 5.30pm 
1 October to 31 March, Monday to Sunday 10 am to 4pm 
Last tickets sold 45 mins before closing time.
Admission: Adult £9.00 Child £5.40 Senior £7.20, Under 5's Free
Parking: Yes
Languages: Audio guides in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese
Accessibility: Yes, but ramps to the Batteries are steep.
Toilets: Yes, also disabled toilets
Shop: Yes
Cafe/Restaurant: Yes

Fort George is a great attraction to visit after doing Culloden Moor Visitor Centre. Built after the Battle of Culloden, between 1748 and 1769, it spreads over 42 acres and contains army barracks, canon batteries, ammunition stores, a chapel, a bake house and a brew house.

Fort George was built with the aim of creating a military stronghold that would be able to crush future Jacobite rebellions. However by the time it was finished, the Highlands were relatively calm and no action was ever required from Fort George. 

The scale of Fort George is very impressive and you can easily understand the demoralising impact that this would have had upon the Jacobite cause.

Within Fort George, there is a museum featuring barrack rooms that depict how life would have been for Highlanders recruited into the British Army in 1700’s and 1800’s. Visitors can also access:

  • the Guardroom,
  • the Grand Magazine with its display of several hundred old rifles on racks,
  • the Garrison Chapel
  • the Regimental Museum of the Highland Regiments (closed for renovations until August 2012)
  • the walls of the Fort with their gun emplacements covering all angles of attack.

Convenient audio guides (about the size of a mobile phone) are available to help you learn more about the features of Fort George. The audio guides are very detailed and if you listen to everything on the guides you may find that your tour takes almost 2 hours!

From the "Point Battery" there are lovely views over the Moray Firth towards the lighthouse at Chanonry Point. You may even be able to see some dolphins if you have binoculars.

Fort George is still a working army barracks, so some areas are not open to the public, but you are free to walk around a very large area.

A small version of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is also held at Fort George in late July, but tickets sell very fast.

Save money on visiting this attraction by buying an Explorer Pass

Fort George battlements

Fort George ordinary soldiers' quarters Fort George Officers' Quarters

Fort George Aerial Fort George Drawbridge

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