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Fort George

Fort George, is the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain.

Fort George

Fort George is one of the most outstanding fortifications in Europe. It was built in the wake of the Battle of Culloden (1746) as an impregnable base for King George II’s army. It took 21 years to complete, by which time the Jacobite threat had been largely extinguished.

The imposing fort was designed by General William Skinner and built by the Adam family of architects. Today, it still serves the needs of the modern British Army.


  • The main rampart, over 1km in total length, enclosing an area the size of five football pitches.
  • The regimental museum of the Highlanders (Seaforths & Camerons) - the spiritual home of one of Scotland’s oldest and proudest regiments.
  • The grand magazine - designed to hold 2,672 gunpowder barrels, and now housing the spectacular Seafield Collection of 18th-century arms and military equipment.
  • The historic barrack rooms - graphically recreating soldiers’ living conditions in centuries gone by.
  • The garrison chapel - designed probably by Robert Adam, whose family construction company built the fort.
  • The dog cemetery - one of only two in Scotland, the resting-place of regimental mascots and officers’ dogs.
Green Tourism Award - Gold


Region – North and Grampian
Postcode: IV2 7TD

Opening arrangements

1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (musuem 10am - 4pm)

Admission prices

All year
Adult £8.90, Child £5.40, Concession £7.20

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30 March 2015

Allan Ramsay - Master Draughtsman

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