Fort George, Scotland
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N 57° 35.000 W 004° 04.233
30V E 435988 N 6382827
Fort George, Ardersier, Highland, Scotland, is a large 18th century fortress near Inverness with perhaps the mightiest artillery fortifications in Europe.
Waymark Code: WM8K1X
Location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 04/12/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Brentorboxer
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Positioned strategically on a promontory jutting into the Moray Firth, Fort George was intended as an impregnable army base – designed on a monumental scale using sophisticated defence standards. Today, it would cost nearly £1 billion. Within almost a mile of boundary walls was accommodation for a governor, officers, artillery detachment, and a 1600-strong infantry garrison. It also housed a magazine for 2,500 gunpowder barrels, ordnance and provision stores, a brewhouse and chapel.

When the fortress was completed in 1769, the Highlands were peaceful but it was maintained in readiness for action that never came, and has remained virtually unaltered. Visitors today can see historic barrack rooms which are a time capsule of the domestic life of the Scottish soldier.

Fort George is the only ancient monument in Scotland still functioning as intended – a working army barracks - but still welcoming visitors. A gift shop and café (seasonal) are among the attractions. The Regimental Museum of the Highlanders is found at the property (see plan your visit for opening times), while dolphins can often be seen from the ramparts. There is also a summer events programme.
Property page on English Heritage website: [Web Link]

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Region – North and Grampian Postcode: IV2 7TD Scotland

Property maintained by:: Historic Scotland

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