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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  • The most excellent way to spend half a day with so much to see and excellent cafe provision. A must do  more »
  • The history all around is stunning,from the architecture to the location, to the views over the Moray ,2 hours is not enough.  more »
  • Been to fort george a few times.. the history and the ambience of the place is timeless given the place has operated as a military barracks for over 200 years. It's humbling to visit the museum and re...  more »
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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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