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Scotland’s Fort George Still Standing Proud After 250 Years.

Scotland’s Fort George Still Standing Proud After 250 Years.

Probably the largest military fort in Europe can be found at Fort George in the Scottish Highlands.

Fort George aerial view of the extensive fortification.

Located a short distance from Inverness.  This huge fortification is still functioning as a military base even today.

Fort George Highland Regiments museum on the far right of this building.

Built after the defeat of the Jacobite’s at the nearby Battle of Culloden in 1742.  In order to secure a base for the army of George II.

Fort George ramparts are a marvel .

Although it took nearly 22 years to complete.  Now some 250 years old and the defensive ramparts visited today and are in the most remarkable condition.

Wrapping around them for over a mile the ramparts encircle main garrison building and storerooms.

Fort George part Army base and part museum.

One key visit should be the Highlanders Museum.  Located to the right as you enter the through the main tunnel and in the building facing you.

Full Of Military Artefacts

The museum houses Scotland’s second largest collection of military artefacts outside of Edinburgh.

Fort George one of many Highland regiment’s Victoria Crosses on show.

Regiments like the Seaforth Highlanders, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, The 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland,  The Queens Own Highlanders and The Highlanders are all featured there.

Broken down into regiments and time periods the exhibition covers from just after Culloden to the present day.

A machine gun captured in 1918.

Highly prized medals won by the soldiers are featured.  Lead by of course, many Victoria Crosses.  The highest of military bravery awards.

Hitler box fort george.

A box once belonged to Hitler taken from the Chancellery in Berlin by Lt Col Richard Broad MC.

Access currently is online and via pre-booking form on their website.

Fort George bridge and ramparts

Flooding by the sea if under attack is possible.

Although, a current military base you are free to wander around most of the fort. It does seem rather strange to walk around with many service personnel carrying out their normal military duties.

Highlnad Museum japanese flag

A Japanese flag captured at the key battle of Kohima.

Navigation around the fort is simple as there are many signs placed around it. Audio guides are available as are down loads to mobile phones. Do allow at least a couple of hours!

There are toilets and a café.  With the current Covid protocols in operation. There is a shop for the fort and a shop in the Highlanders Museum too.

Fort George Has A Commanding Position

The fort sits on a peninsular has extensive views over the Moray Firth and back to Inverness. Its not unusual to even spot bottle-nosed dolphins that inhabit the estuary.

Look out towerr Fort George

Look out towers with views of the Moray Firth.

However, the defensive ramparts are a miracle of engineering and the size and scale are to be marvelled at.

Fort george cannons.

Rows of cannons on show.

 Sheer unguarded drops are a potential hazard however the views over the Moray Firth are well worth it.

Fort george cannons

Motar and cannons to defend the fort.

Furnished with a charming chapel within the garrison which is thought to be designed by Robert Adam.   The Adam family connection does not end there.  As it had much involvement with the building of the whole fort.

Fort george barrack building

Soldiers room from the Victorian period.

Here are many battle honors on display in its very tranquil and somber interior.

Fort george chapel

The Chapel building.

Booking Online Is Best In The Current Covid Times

Admission to the whole fort complex is:

Adults  £9

Concession is £7:20

Children £5:40

 Plus a selection of family tickets too.

Members of the English Heritage and the Welsh equivilent Cadw get half price entry. Opening hours are from 10am until 4pm.

Geoff Moore

Award winning blogger and travel writer/photographer, I have travelled the world in one way or another for 30 years. I am a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers for over 13 years. In the ever-changing world of publishing and online media it now requires that I have media skills across all areas. That now also includes video production. My travel images appear in magazines, newspapers and publications all over the world I am now blogging about all aspects of travel.

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