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Friday, January 5, 2018

Scotland - Fort George

[Continuing to post about our two week trip to Scotland in Sept-Oct 2017.]


Our visit to Fort George, near Inverness, was another chance to use our Historic Scotland Explorer Passes.


The fort is huge - the walls around measure a mile.

I think this is a modern drawbridge over a moat.



Guard houses on the corners.


The interior has row upon row of these buildings.




Another view of that drawbridge once we went up on the wall.


Fort George was built after the final Jacobite Rising was crushed at Culloden in 1746.  It was to serve as a bulwark against future unrest but defenses have never been tested.


It's still an active fort housing the Highlanders Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.


We walked the mile around the wall in a very stiff wind.




The chapel had a wedding on the day we visited.





The fort sits on the Moray Firth.




















It was interesting to compare Fort George to two other forts we'd visited in recent travels:


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5 comments:

Tom said...

...Marcia, what lovely views fro the fort. Thanks for the tour.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

A beautiful position for the fort Thanks fr sharing HAPPY NEW YEAR

Fun60 said...

Looks as though you submerged yourself in history. It is very interesting to compare fortifications in one country to another looking at their similarities and differences.

Kay said...

What gorgeous photos. Thank you so much for sharing these, Marcia. Since we won't be going there anytime soon, I can travel vicariously with you.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Beautiful fort.... Hubby is very interested in military history --so we have visited several forts in our country (and one in Canada).... Many look similar to the one you have written about --but yours is still an active fort (whereas all of the ones we have seen are no longer in use).....

Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy