Fort George, Ardersier

Walk the walls of Fort George, admire the Georgian buildings and garrison chapel contained within, and browse the museums and dioramas which document its history. Completed in 1757 in response to the Jacobite rising of 1745, the vast fort remains virtually unchanged and still serves as an army garrison, though much of it is open to the public. The elongated star-shaped fort sits on a promontory, enclosing an area equivalent to five football fields. The main rampart offers commanding views of the surrounding coastline and of dolphins and other wildlife that which frequent the waters around it. After exploring the fortifications, stop for a drink and a bite to eat in the cafe. To visit Fort George on your trip to Inverness, use our Inverness trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 21, 2017
    Very impressive old fortress with several museums. Great sea view but unfortunately during our visit to see no dolphins.
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  • August 21, 2017
    We spent a couple of hours here. We took out the audio guide which was ok but waffled on a bit. There are plenty of places to walk and see, however there are a few no-go areas which are occupied by th...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Beautiful military fortification that is completed with a visit to the Museum of the Highlanders, and that helps to understand its history. The views from the top of the wall, from any point of view. It is even possible to see some other Dolphin if you have a little luck.
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  • July 27, 2017
    There is a delightful walk along the shore line to get here - public transportation stopped last year I believe. The walk is about 2 km each way. Some wonderful wildlife around the Moray Firth - so keep your eyes open. The actual fort was fair. I think it's tough given that it is still a working fort to properly show people around.
  • July 21, 2017
    I come here to fish and enjoy watching the dolphins. If you're lucky you may also see whales. The fort is interesting to go round and there is a nice wee cafe and gift shop. It's always very popular with tourists.
  • July 13, 2017
    Fascinating insight into our military history. Thoroughly enjoyable and informative visit, brought to life with the audio guide and live presentation by a period dressed soldier! Just wish we'd been able to spend more time there.
  • June 20, 2017
    Superb fort that is still being used by the army today. Certain parts of the fort are off limits to public and your bag might be searched. Admission fees is £9, which includes an audio guide. Prepare to spend 2-3 hours here. Photo shows one of the officers quarter during 18th century. There is also a museum in there. The fort closes at 1730. I was told by the receptionist that dolphin sightings are quite common here. Do ask them for the perfect spot to view the dolphins.
  • July 19, 2017
    Huge active army barracks with plenty to learn and see. Amazing elevated views over the Moray Firth and if you're lucky (i was!) you might spot some dolphins!

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You’ll easily find bed and breakfasts and guesthouses convenient to the center of town in Inverness, from the cozy to more large-scale places, often with a view down to the River Ness, which later joins Loch Ness. For more affordable accommodation, look for a few budget hostels, as well as camping and caravan sites. If you've got a car, consider staying just outside the city in a quiet village, where you can explore the city by day and nature by evening. Since this is the largest city in the Highlands, you'll probably be able to find something last minute, but if you have a specific type of accommodtion in mind, it's a good idea to book in advance.
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