Standing guard on a promontory point, Fort George cuts an imposing image, a fortress only six miles, or a ten-minute drive, from Castle Stuart. Built between 1748 and 1757, Fort George is considered the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, and some might say all of Europe. Designed by William Skinner, the King’s Military Engineer for North Britain, Fort George has been in continuous use as a strategic defensive structure protecting the city of Inverness, although more recently it serves as the home of Scotland’s famed elite military regiment the Black Watch. It’s the only ancient monument in Scotland still functioning as originally intended. Interestingly, it was the soldiers themselves that built the structure that would eventually become their duty station. Views of Fort George are an integral part of the visual aspect that contributes to the ‘sense of place’ that under-scores one’s recollection of the golf experience at Castle Stuart.