Fort George, Ardersier

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#1 of 9 in Historic Sites in Inverness
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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  • Very impressive old fortress with several museums. Great sea view but unfortunately during our visit to see no dolphins.
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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • As an active fort that is also a place to visit, Fort George is pretty cool to see. You can walk on the grass along the wall and see the water, birds, dolphins, etc. It’s more of an adult thing since it’s basically reading what exhibits they do have but if you feel like talking to your children a little bit then maybe kids would be ok here. I saw another review stating there were no guard rails and kids could fall off very high ledges. I think this might be true but unfortunately we were not able to witness it so I can’t say for sure. Maybe keep small children on a leash just in case.
  • We visited with two of our children aged 12 and 16 years. Fort George is very well preserved. A recorded audio guide is provided with the entry ticket and it is fairly good. But unfortunately the fort is missing any and all interactivity. There are no actors, no dynamic displays, and little way to help you experience how this place operated 250 years ago. Those who know British history well and are satisfied looking at old buildings should enjoy. All others should skip this attraction. It is certainly not for kids.
  • A must see if you're visiting inverness. A popular day out. A nice wee cafe and shop. You may also be lucky enough to spot dolphins and seals in the moray firth. We enjoy fishing here. Nice quiet spot.
  • An absolutely amazing place. The audio tour is very good, both the Historic Scotland staff and military personnel were friendly and accommodating. Don't miss it, you will regret it.
  • Really enjoyed our day here. The site is massive, so be prepared for time spent outside walking to see it all. I thought that making a set order around the site, bringing out different elements of the history may have Mede it a little easier to follow. But all in all an interesting insight into this strategically important fort.

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Where to stay in Inverness

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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