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.
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 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 recreates 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 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.