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Fort George

Following the 1746 defeat at Culloden of Bonnie Prince Charlie, George II created the ultimate defence against further Jacobite unrest. The result, Fort George, is the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, if not Europe. Its garrison buildings, artillery defences bristling with cannon, and a superb collection of arms – including bayoneted muskets, pikes, swords and ammunition pouches – provide a fascinating insight into 18th-century military life. Positioned strategically on a promontory jutting into the Moray Firth, Fort George was intended as an impregnable army base – designed on a monumental scale using sophisticated defence standards. Within almost a mile of boundary walls was accommodation for a governor, officers, artillery detachment and a 1,600-strong infantry garrison. Visitors today can see historic barrack rooms which are a time capsulen of the domestic life of the Scottish soldier. Fort George is the only ancient monument in Scotland, built as an army barracks and still functioning as intended, yet welcoming visitors. The Regimental Museum of the Queen’s Own Highlanders is here. There is also a summer living history programme, audio tour available in six languages and a children’s trail. Visitors can also enjoy a shop selling a wide range of gifts and a café.

Opening Hours (Summer): 
Spring/Summer: 9.30am-5.30pm (7days)
Opening Hours (Winter): 
Autumn/Winter: 9.30am-4.30pm (7days)