(photo taken from Fort George looking towards Ardersier).
Take a walk along the well surfaced shore path from Dolphin View Cottage to Fort George. It completed in 1769 after the 1746 defeat at Culloden of Bonnie Prince Charles. King George II had the fort built as the ultimate defence against a further Jacobite rebellion and as a secure base for his army. It is a magnificent building designed by Lieutenant-General William Skinner and built by the Adam family of architects, it took 22 years to build.
You can walk around the main rampart which is more than 1km in length and gives magnificent views over the Black Isle, up the Moray Firth towards Inverness, Ardersier and out to sea. The rampart encloses an area the size of five football pitches.
The grand magazine is designed to hold 2,672 gunpowder barrels. The historic barrack rooms has a graphic recreation of soldiers’ living conditions in past centuries. Other buildings to explore are the garrison chapel and the Highlanders Museum - a fascinating regimental museum that also houses the museum collections of the Seaforth Highlanders, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders and The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
Don’t miss the dogs’ cemetery, where regimental mascots and officers dogs are buried.
From the ramparts you can often see dolphins, seals, gannets and other seabirds.
Fort George is still an active Army base and is currently home to Black Watch (3 SCOTS) regiment. It has served the British Army for nearly 250 years
Nearby Inverness will sometimes hold homecoming parades. I was lucky enough to see and record this one a few years ago.