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  • Fort George Latitude 57.5835° N Longitude -4.0713° W
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Fort George, is about 6 miles west of Nairn,  this is one of the most outstanding examples of Hanoverian military architecture, begun in 1748 and the last in a chain of three built in the Highlands (along with Fort Augustus and Fort William).

Overlooking the Morav Firth, it formed part of the government's scheme to prevent armed Highland threats to Hanoverian law and order. By the time the fort was completed in 1769, the Highlands were more or less peaceful, but it was kept in use as a military barracks. From 1881 until 1961 it was the depot of the Seaforth Highlanders. 

The plan is arranged as an irregular polygon with six bastions and can accommodate 2500 men. Within the fort are barracks, a chapel, workshops and the regimental museum of the Queen's Own Highlanders (Sea­forth and Camerons). The fort, newly restored, is open to the public all the year round.

The fort is situated at a narrow peace of land which with Chanonry point to the north divides the Inverness firth and the Moray firth. In 1726 General Wade built Fort George on castle hill in Inverness, he also built Fort William and Fort Augustus to create the ultimate defence against further Jacobite unrest, a large fortress capable of housing 400 troops on a hill Following the 1746 defeat at Culloden of Bonnie Prince Charlie the Jacobite's blew up fort George as part of the uprising to prevent the Hanoverians from using it as a base.

The fort is situated at a narrow peace of land which with Chanonry point to the north divides the Inverness firth and the Moray firth. In 1726 General Wade built Fort George on castle hill in Inverness, he also built Fort William and Fort Augustus to create the ultimate defence against further Jacobite unrest, a large fortress capable of housing 400 troops on a hill Following the 1746 defeat at Culloden of Bonnie Prince Charlie the Jacobite's blew up fort George as part of the uprising to prevent the Hanoverians from using it as a base.

In 1748 to1763 Fort George was rebuilt by Robert Adam to replace the earlier fort built by General Wade, it can br found 13.2 miles on the A96 and B9039 road from the city of Inverness. The fort is an irregular polgon with six bastions This huge fort covers 42 acres, and was designed to provide all the facilities of a small town.

It comprised a comprehensive range of buildings to accommodate the Governor and other officers, the artillery detachment and a large infantry garrison. There was a bake house, brew house and chapel, a provisions store, powder magazine and ordnance store, defended on the landward side by a great ditch it could take 2,500 of the Seaforth Highlanders until 1963 when they amalgamated with the Queen's own cameron Highlanders to become the Queen's own Highlanders.

Today Fort George is the only ancient monument in Scotland still functioning as intended it stands in readiness for action a working army barracks, it has remained virtually unaltered you can see historic barrack rooms which are a time capsule of the domestic life of the Scottish soldier. The long, high ramparts of Fort George offer unrivalled views, an excellent place to see the Moray Dolphins they head for Chanonry Point and have to travel past the Fort Once you enter the main part of the fort, turn right up onto the ramparts, there are views across to the Black Isle. 


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A great way to spend four hours!
3 months ago
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We visited here while staying in Inverness for three days. It is a very interesting place with lots of history and the location is also lovely being right on the Moray Firth.
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