Visitors to Fort George will now be able to view it in miniature.
Historic Scotland, which looks after the 250-year-old fort, one of the finest military fortifications in Europe, has created a cast bronze model of the site – believed to be the first in existence.
Situated at the mouth of the Fort, the model will greet visitors as they arrive at the site.
The fort is run as a visitor attraction by Historic Scotland, yet continues to operate as an active military base, being home to The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS).
Representatives from 3 SCOTS joined local Army Cadets and staff from Historic Scotland to unveil the model.
Lt Col Ed Fenton, Commanding Officer of 3 SCOTS, who performed the official unveiling said: “The Fort has a long and proud history with the area. We are proud to continue on thattradition and are delighted to help unveil this model of the site which will help tell the fort’s story to visitors.”
The Fort was commissioned by George II after the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden as a measure against any further Jacobite unrest. Positioned strategically on the Moray Firth, the Fort was designed as an impenetrable army base – designed on a monumental scale using the most sophisticated defence standards.
Stephen Duncan, director of Commercial and Tourism for Historic Scotland said;
“Fort George is one of the most important military forts in Europe, with a fascinating past.
“The Fort is consistently one of Historic Scotland’s top ten most visited sites annually with visitorskeen to find out more about its history and experience the blend of historical and modern military life.
“It is a very large site, though, and many visitors don’t initially appreciate its scale and extent, which can lead to them potentially missing out on some of the hidden gems on site.
“We hope that the model will provide a great new addition to the site.”
The model was designed by local company, Inver Models and moulded into bronze by the Black Isle Bronze Company.
Read more about Fort George at www.historyextra.com/fortgeorge