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Fort George was built not far from the battlefield of Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie's uprising of 1745 was finally defeated. It was Britain's strongest ever fortification - designed to halt any future Jacobite attempt on the throne. Completed in 1769, it used the very latest military architecture, and was intended to be the base for 2,000 men with large amounts of artillery. Its might was never put to the test and it stands today as one of the best preserved artillery fortresses of its period in the world. Run by Historic Scotland, it is also one of the biggest visitor attractions in the Highlands.
Standing beside the Moray Firth, at Ardersier, the fort offers magnificent views across the water, and is a popular spot for wildlife enthusiasts hoping to glimpse the area's famous dolphins. The site itself is very large, covering more than 40 acres, with lots to do and see including the historic barrack rooms and The Seafield Collection of Napoleonic, and other, weaponry which is on display in the Grand Battery. Another very popular attraction at the fort is The Highlanders' Museum.
Fort George is a delightful place to spend the day, enjoying a walk round the mile-long perimeter walls, and dropping in at the pleasant café where you can eat inside or out. The fort is open all year round, seven days a week and regularly hosts events and activities which are included in the entry price. It is also highly unusual because it is still a working British Army garrison, helping maintain the atmosphere of its military past. Opening Hours Summer 1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm Winter 1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm Admission prices All year Adult £6.70, Child £4.00, Concession £5.40 Images © Crown Copyright Courtesy of Historic Scotland www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk