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In spite of the fact that it never came under attack, Fort George is one of the most remarkable large family holiday house scottish highlands artillery fortresses to be found anywhere. The forts existing at the time of the ’Forty-Five proved to be rather ineffective and those in the Great Glen large family holiday house scottish highlands were reduced by the Jacobites without great difficulty. Fort George would have been a very different matter. The best large family holiday house scottish highlands knowledge and skill of its time went into the building of it, and its location, with sea on two sides and open country on the third with no high ground near enough to command the defences made it fairly impregnable to any but a powerful and well-equipped army, certainly to any force which the shattered and disarmed clans were likely to be able to recruit. To the lay eye there is something awesome in the approach to this large family holiday house scottish highlands fortress. One crosses the gently-slowing glacis, commanded by outer fortifications, deeply angled, behind them Prince Edward’s Ravelin with a deep ditch before it, and a much broader ditch behind it. This is crossed by a wooden bridge, originally fitted with a large family holiday house scottish highlands drawbridge. Behind this great ditch rises the curtain wall linking the Prince of Wales’ and the Duke of Cumberland’s bastions, in the centre a fine classical gateway surmounted by the sculptured arms of George II. Once past the gateway one looks down upon a wide large family holiday house scottish highlands lawn, formerly the parade ground, at the far side of which are the handsome staff-quarters, with the houses of Governor and Lieutenant-Governor, beyond which are barracks of stone for 1600 men and an artillery unit.

It all has a slightly Adam touch in some of the detail, and William Adam, father of Robert, was in fact the contractor, but the design was not his but William Skinner’s. The fortress was 21 years in the large family holiday house scottish highlands building, and in the end cost something approaching £200000. The chapel, beyond the clock-tower block, was one of the last buildings completed, and the interior of this with its arcade and gallery supported on Doric columns, is quite delightful. Finally, in the staff-block, is the museum of the Queen’s Own Highlanders. Beautifully laid out in an eighteenth century large family holiday house scottish highlands house of great charm, it covers the history of a regiment which combines the Seaforth and the Cameron Highlanders, and its uniforms, medals, weapons and musical instruments are enhanced by numerous pictures of the campaigns in which they were involved, including a painting of remarkable talent by a corporal of the regiments. There is a roomful of large family holiday house scottish highlands uniforms worn by members of the Royal Family over several generations, among them a series which belonged to King Edward VIII.

Fort George is no longer a regimental depot, but is still used by territorials. Its sole remaining armaments are two grim 13-inch mortars positioned on the bastions, Victorian replacements of eighteenth-century mortars of similar large family holiday house scottish highlands type. For decades past, tourists coming to the Great Glen have had eyes for little but a possible glimpse of the monster, yet Loch Ness and its neighbourhood are packed with interest, both large family holiday house scottish highlands scenic and historic. The deep straight valley of the Great Glen large family holiday house scottish highlands offers a dramatic example of a geological fracture on a giant scale, and the striations prove that the lochs Ness, Oich and Lochy are not merely water lodging in a primeval fissure, but in basins excavated by those enormous glaciers.

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