FORT George, the historic garrison built in the aftermath of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion and an army base ever since, is to cease being used as a barracks, Scotland on Sunday has learned.
The fort near Inverness - regarded as one of the finest examples of 18th century military engineering - is to become another casualty of the UK government's defence review, led by Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox.
A senior Ministry of Defence source told Scotland on Sunday that the base would close as a result of the review.
Soldiers of the Black Watch, currently stationed at Fort George, will be the last troops to leave the barracks when they move to RM Condor in Arbroath, Angus, currently the home of 45 Commando.
The marines of 45 Commando are to end their 40-year association with Arbroath and will head to the West Country near Plymouth to be nearer "appropriate training facilities".
The changes will be announced next month by Fox when he unveils his department's reconfiguration of bases and stationing of military personnel.
Fox promised last week that the military footprint in Scotland in terms of headcount would actually increase despite the loss of around 2,500 RAF personnel.
The closure of Fort George will hit the Inverness area hard and follows the closure of RAF Kinloss in nearby Moray.