The Highlanders' Museum, Fort George

The Highlanders’ Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection
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The Highlanders’ Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection) covers three floors of Fort George’s former Lieutenant Governors’ House. The museum has roughly 20,000 artefacts and an estimated 10,000 documents and photographs. The museum is the largest regimental museum in Scotland, outside of Edinburgh.

The Highlanders are the descendants of four famous Scottish Regiments originally raised from the Clans and communities of the Highlands and Islands in the late 1700’s. The Highlanders Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, (4 SCOTS), today incorporates the world-famous names of the Seaforth Highlanders, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and the Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons). The Museum represents all these famous Regiments except for The Gordon Highlanders who have their own museum in Aberdeen.
The museum includes items from the Lovat Scouts and Liverpool Scottish as well as our Allied Regiments from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Gurkhas.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Summer (7 days) 1st April - 30th September 9.30am - 5.30pm

Winter (7 days) 1st October - 31st March 10.00am - 4.00pm

Admission charges

Please check before visiting.
Entry to the Museum is FREE but we are based within Fort George which belongs to Historic Environment Scotland who charge an admission fee.

Additional info

Cafe nearby

Collection details

Archives, Weapons and War, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Coins and Medals

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Marching to the Trenches

Battle of the Somme Film (1916)

  • 17 May 2017 7-9pm

A unique opportunity to see the first feature length documentary about war at the Inverness Lecture Theatre on Beechwood Campus.

Shot between 25 June & 9 July 1916, the film covers the build-up and opening stages of the Battle of the Somme.

The Battle of the Somme gave its 1916 audience an unprecedented insight into the realities of trench warfare, controversially including the depiction of dead and wounded soldiers. It shows scenes of the build-up to the infantry offensive including the massive preliminary bombardment, coverage of the first day of the battle (the bloodiest single day in Britain’s military history) and depictions of the small gains and massive costs of the attack.

The Battle of the Somme remains one of the most successful British films ever made. It is estimated over 20 million tickets were sold in Great Britain in the first two months of release, and the film was distributed world-wide to demonstrate to allies and neutrals Britain’s commitment to the First World War.

It is the source of many of that conflict’s most iconic images. It was made by British official cinematographers Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell. Though it was not intended as a feature film, once the volume and quality of their footage had been seen in London, the British Topical Committee for War Films decided to compile a feature length film.


UHI, Inverness Lecture Theatre
Beechwood Campus, Inverness College


FREE Admission. Book via Eventbrite


World War One Discovery Day

World War One Discovery Day at the Highlanders Museum, Fort George

  • 20 May 2017 10am-4pm

Explore the Highlanders' Museum at Fort George, including some of our handling collection, try on our replica uniforms, visit our Artist in her studio, make a trench periscope and try it out in our replica trench.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • Any age


Entrance to the Highlanders' Museum is FREE but access to Fort George (Historic Environment Scotland) is £9 / £7.20 Concessions / £5.40 Child (5 - 15) Under 5s fREE


The Highlanders' Museum, Fort George
Fort George
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The Museum is the home if the Highlanders and its forebears - the Seaforth Highlanders, The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, the Queen's Own Highlanders and the Lovat Scouts.



0131 310 8702

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