Access and Facilities

In partnership with Historic Scotland, the custodians of Fort George  on behalf of the Scottish Government and Ministry of Defence, this great fortification is situated approximately a mile and a half north of the village of Ardersier.

Once inside the Fort the museum is located in the North Staff Block and is Number 10 on the Historic Scotland audio guide.

The museum is spread over the three floors of the former Lieutenant Governor’s House. This means that while we have elegant high ceilings, ornate fireplaces and the sweeping staircase of the original building, we are not easily accessible by people with mobility problems. An assistant controlled stair-lift on the back stairs does offer access to the middle floor, but no such facility is afforded to the top floor as the back stairs do not extend to the upper floor. The museum is aware that this is a significant disappointment to some of our guests and has put a virtual tour of the museum on the website.

We have Museum trails available with various different themes encouraging children to explore the Museum and exhibits.  Some of the display cases also have pull out information panels for children to investigate.  Our handling collection which is popular with children and adults alike gives visitors the opportunity to try on kilts and other items of military uniform.  The large grass area outside the Museum also makes an excellent impromtu football pitch or a lovely spot to sit down for a picnic.

The museum does not offer catering or toilet facilities. Public toilets are available at the back of the block and light catering facilities are also provided onsite by Historic Environment Scotland.  Museum Staff will give directions if required.

The Highlanders’ Museum within Fort George.

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