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Fort George

Castles and Palaces, Indoor and Outdoor
Location iconInverness
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Fort George is an artillery fortification in Inverness, Scotland and a great castle. First created in 1746 after the defeat at Culloden of Bonnie Prince Charlie. In order to create a defence against further attacks, Fort George was built. It took 22 years to complete, but by the time it had finished, the threat was no longer there. However, it still served the British army for an impressive 250 years since. 

With entire garrison buildings, artillery defences with cannons, and an incredible collection of arms, such as bayoneted muskets, pikes, swords and ammunition pouches. You'll be sucked into learning about historic Scotland in the 18th-century military! 

There is a huge area which is the size of 5 football pitches that you can walk around and explore, and discover the history of the fort in the Highlanders Museum, which is the largest regimental museum outside of Edinburgh too! As well as this, you can explore the grand magazine, which is designed to hold 2,672 gunpowder barrels and is home to a superb collection of weapons, for those who are interested in the history of weapons. Finally, take a visit to the historic army barracks room and discover a recreation of a soldier's living conditions dating back years. 

If you're looking for some peace, wander to the garrison chapel to admire the architecture and visit the dog cemetery (which is one of two in Scotland) and take in the resting places of the regimental mascots and officer's dogs. If you're lucky you may be able to spot dolphins off the ramparts! There are also battlements, which have 6 sloping grass ramps which are accessible for those who have mobility issues.

Guided tours are also available, as well as children's quizzes!

Opening hours

1st April to 30th September
Daily 09:30 to 17:30
Last entry 16:45

1st October to 31st March
Daily 10:00 to 16:00
Last entry 15:15


General Admission
Adult (16-64) £9.50
Child (5-15) £5.50
Concession (65s+ and unemployed) £7.50
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Fort George,
Near Ardersier,
The Highlands,
IV2 7TD,

Phone number

0131 668 8600


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