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250 Years of Military Life in one Weekend

15 July 2009

From Redcoats to Golden Lions, experience 250 years of military life over a single weekend at Fort George.

Forces at the Fort, on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August promises a spectacular, and different, day out at one of Scotland’s great historic monuments.

Visitors will be able to find out how Recoat soldiers were recruited in the 18th century – when the fort was built to discourage Jacobite uprisings – and watch sensational formation parachute drops by the Golden Lions infantry display team.

There will also be the chance to find out what life was like for the foot soldiers of World War I and see a range of military vehicles from World War II.

Nick Finnigan, Historic Scotland events and filming manager, said: “Fort George is a remarkable place which has been in constant use as a military base since it was built in the 18th century.

“Forces at the Fort is a chance to see the army of today side-by-side with the soldiers of the past and get an idea of how much has changed.

“It’s an action-packed weekend with something for everyone including the chance for a bit of drill practice – always popular with children, but fun for all.

“And there will be breathtaking displays of aerial skill by the Golden Lions – Scotland’s only professional parachute display team.”

Each day’s activities start at 12.30pm with a pipe band and run until 4.30pm.

Notes for editors:

  • Tickets are £7 for adults, £5.75 concessions and £3.50 for children. Family tickets are also available. There is a 10% discount for online bookings at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/shop.

  • Fort George is six miles west of Nairn and 11 miles north east of Inverness off the A96. Telephone 01667 460232.


  • Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places.

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.


For further information


Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871
rebecca.hamilton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk