Visit the amazing structure of Fort George near Inverness

In the shadow of Loch Ness, where thousands of visitors descend to spot their favourite Scottish monster, lies an unsuspecting sight – one of the largest 18th century military fortifications in the world, and one of the most outstanding seen in Europe, Fort George. If you’re looking to experience a fascinating part of Scottish history, or you want a day-out in the highlands, then Fort George is the perfect activity to add to your stack.

Where to go in Inverness?

Head down to Fort George, one of the top attractions in Inverness, to see one of Scotland's most important pieces of history

Built for the defence of King George II in 1746, and taking 22 years to complete, Fort George’s massive garrison is protected by an imposing 1 mile wall, hosting it garrison buildings that are home to one of the best arms collections in the world: cannons, muskets, swords, and pikes. You can also visit the barracks room that recreate the soldiers living conditions throughout the fort’s history. The fort is also home to one of the only two dog cemeteries in Scotland, where you can see the resting place of the canine friends that accompanied soldiers and officers. The location of Fort George on the banks of Moray Firth means you’ll get a great view of Inverness and plenty of wildlife, including a spectacular chance to see dolphins. You can cap off your visit by heading to the gift shop to pick up a souvenir and relax at the café with a coffee and snack.

Fort George offers an unmatched insight into military life and an important part of Scottish history, and is a must do for anyone travelling up to the Scottish highlands.

  • Opening times: 1 Apr to 30 Sept – 10am to 4.30pm. 1 Oct to 31 Mar – 10am to 4pm
  • Prices – Adult (16-64): £9.00, Concession (65+ and student): £7.20, Child (5-15): £5.40.
  • The Cafe is open from 10am-3pm.
  • Weather may cause the museum to close unexpectedly.

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What's on in Inverness

Scotland from the Sky: Part 2

12 - 25 August, 2022
Scotland from the Sky part 2 shares some of the amazing aerial photography that inspired series two of Jamie Crawford's BBC Scotland series exploring Scotland from above. Discover Scotland's stunning landscapes from a breath-taking new perspective. Included in admission, open during Fort George opening hours.

Celebration of the Centuries

13 - 14 August, 2022
Fort George is once again set to host Celebration of the Centuries – our largest re-enactment event. In this weekend long celebration, re-enactors will bring the mighty fortress to life with a living timeline depicting over two thousand years of Scottish history. Read our event FAQs Image © Neil Hanna During the course of public events we may take photographs for use on our website or other promotional material. This would be done under the lawful basis of legitimate interests. We will not take photographs of individual children without your consent. If you have any questions about this or do not wish to be photographed please speak to the photographer, or see our privacy notice for more information about how we manage your data and your rights. You can also contact our Data Protection officer at [email protected]