Fort George Historic Fortress

Fort George is an 18th century fortress near Ardersier, to the north-east of Inverness. Built in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, which ended the Jacobite Rising of 1745. A battle in which the Jacobite army had attempted to overthrow King George II and restore the House of Stuart to the British throne. However, the British army defeated the Jacobites in this deadly battle and then introduced a series of harsh measures to supress any further rebellions. The construction of Fort George, a mighty fortress jutting into the Moray Firth, was one such measure, named after George II.


Fort George History

A huge 18th century military fort near Ardersier

Building Fort George

This enormous fortress in Scotland took 22 years to construct, finally completed in 1769 at the monumental cost of over £200,000. With great defences and more than 80 guns covering every angle, it was heavily protected. However, there were no further attacks from the Jacobites and a gun has never been fired in anger.

Military Base and Visitor Attraction

Later, the British Army used it as a recruiting base and training camp. Then it became the depot of the Seaforth Highlanders, an infantry regiment of the British Army. Currently, it’s the base for the Black Watch, an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Much of the site is now also a historic visitor attraction.


Things to do

Visit Fort George and explore its many attractions

Visiting the Fort

Visitors to Fort George can walk around the main rampart and explore the fascinating areas within it. Including the grand magazine, historic barracks and chapel. Then learn about the fort’s history in the Highlanders Museum, located in the former Lieutenant Governors’ House. It has approximately 20,000 artefacts and 10,000 documents and photographs and is the largest regimental museum in Scotland, outside of Edinburgh. There is also a café and gift shop on site. See the Historic Environment Scotland website for ticket prices and opening times.


Near Ardersier, Inverness, IV2 7TD


01667 460232

Find Out More

Historical Sites
Read more

Culloden Battlefield
Read more

Inverness Castle
Read more