Museum of the Isles, Armadale Castle

Armadale castle museum exterior pic

Discover the history of the Highlands and Islands through the epic story of Clan Donald, Scotland’s largest and most powerful clan. Six galleries take you through 1500 years of history and culture in the area once known as the Kingdom of the Isles.Children can enjoy dressing up, museum trails and activity sessions. There is also a changing exhibitions programme, and an extensive library where staff can assist with genealogy research (visit website for details).  The museum sits within the stunning landscape of Armadale Castle Gardens, the former seat of the Macdonalds of Sleat and now a 5 star visitor attraction.

Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles
Armadale, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV45 8RS
Tel: 01471 844305


Interior image of armadale castle museum with children looking at objects

Groam House Museum

Groam House Museum

Groam House Museum is renowned for its display of Pictish carved stones which date from the time when Rosemarkie was a vibrant Christian monastic settlement, around 1200 years ago. It houses the Rosemarkie Stone, an important surviving example of Pictish art in stone, as well as 14 sculpture fragments from the local area.

Pictish stones have inspired many people, including artist George Bain who was fascinated by the intricate Celtic patterns they carried, and went on to work out the mathematics of the intricate designs. Bain’s book “Celtic Art – The Methods of Construction” did much to revive interest in Celtic art and is still used by artists and crafts-people world-wide today.

The museum houses a large collection of George Bain’s work, now recognised as a Collection of National Significance.

The museum also houses a collection of photographs and artefacts from the surrounding area, given by local people.

In addition to its exhibitions, the museum actively engages with local communities to involve them in its activities, share new skills, and develop works of art of relevance to the museum’s collections. Despite the small size of the building, the museum offers much for a wide range of audiences, including activities for children and families, and research material for the student or academic.

Twitter: @groamhouse
Facebook: groamhouse

Ullapool Museum

Ullapool Museum exterior

Ullapool Museum is housed in a Category A listed building, an architectural gem. Visit us to learn about the social history of Lochbroom through displays on crofting, fishing, the “klondykers”, the ship Hector, Melville pistols, bi-centenary quilt and more. Interpretation of the original Thomas Telford Parliamentary church building. Extensive archive reading area and genealogy records and exciting children’s activity area. Ullapool Museum Trust was formed in 1991 to collect, promote and preserve the history and heritage of Lochbroom. 

Through our collections you can explore how people in Lochbroom lived, worked, played and learned through the ages. The museum holds a broad social history collection including objects related to crofting, the sea, education and learning, and objects related to the founding of Ullapool. You can get close to some of the highlights of our collection by visiting the museum in Ullapool. Or explore our whole collection from anywhere in the world using our online catalogue.

We also have an interesting events schedule during our open season with a variety of different activities for all the family.

Facebook: @ullapoolmusum
Twitter:  @ullapoolmuseum
Instagram: ullapoolmuseum.

Ullapool museum interior


Timespan shop recreation

Timespan is a cultural institution in Helmsdale, a village in the very north east of the Scottish Highlands, with local, global and planetary ambitions to weaponise culture for social change. Timespan is a place for art, research, heritage, local history, future propositions and action. We believe that cultural institutions are a political and public space which belong to society, and as such, have a responsibility to shape a brighter new world based on principles of equality, emancipation and inclusion.
Comprised of a local history museum, contemporary art programme, geology and herb gardens, shop, bakery and cafe, we take a holistic and integrated approach to our programme and organisation so all elements of what we do and are, service our civic and political agendas – to make art and heritage work meaningfully for our constituents and village and as tools for global cultural and social change.

We are committed to diagnosing and responding to urgent contemporary issues, which are rooted in our local context of remote, rural Scotland, and to approach these from a global and multi-disciplinary perspective.  We try to do this by assembling communities and individuals involved in art, science, heritage and activism, and deploy this collectively-produced consortium of ideas into action.

Dunrobin Street

+44 (0) 1431 821327
Twitter: @Timespan
Instagram: @timespanculturalinstitution
FB: @timespanculturalorg

Wick Heritage Museum

drawing of external image of wick museum

The Wick Heritage Museum houses a number of furnished rooms protraying life in Wick. Each room contains an array of authentic household furnishings, from the traditional box bed to locally made Caithness chairs. Beyond the museum they have a garden and the fifie Isabella Fortuna, all giving an incredible glimpse into our past.

The Wick Heritage Centre 
18 – 27 Bank Row 

Telephone: 01955 605393 

Mather Cooperage

Tain and District Museum

A modern pilgram at Tain Museum

Tain & District Museum consists of two galleries telling the story of St 
Duthac and Tain’s medieval past, the local museum and the medieval 
Collegiate Church of St Duthus, all set within a churchyard which 
contains the Ardjackie Pictish stone, three early medieval coped stone 
gravemarkers and several 17th and 18th c grave slabs with clan crest and 
skull and crossbones inscriptions.

Tel: 01862894089

18th c pepper  pot
18thC pepper pot

Tarbat Discovey Centre

exterior view of Tarbat discovery centre

Portmahomack is the site of Scotland’s only Scheduled Pictish monastic settlement.  Excavations between 1994 & 2007 revealed a wealth of Pictish stone carvings, and evidence that the Picts made vellum for creating early Christian books.  The period ended with a violent Viking raid.  The later St Colman’s Church, itself an A-listed building and now Tarbat Discovery Centre, displays many of these finds as well as those from the 13th – 16th century, a time of fierce clan battles.  88 medieval burials were excavated within the church.  The remains of a smithy were found in the field adjacent.  Twenty years on, this award-winning archaeology programme continues to reveal fascinating details about this intensely historic peninsula and what life was like all those years ago.

Address: Tarbat Old Parish Church, Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack IV20 1YA
Tel: 01862 871 351

The Dragon and Apostle Stone
The Dragon and Apostle Stone

Nairn Museum

Nairn Museum exterior

Situated in Viewfield House, Nairn Museum is a family and child-friendly museum featuring a wide range of permanent displays on the local history of Nairn and the surrounding area. We have five exhibition rooms displaying a wealth of local artefacts; the Fishertown Room, Military Room, Way of Life Room, Burgh Room and Work and Play Room. The museum also has a children’s play area and a range of pick-up-and-touch exhibits. In addition there is a huge collection of archive material available to study and a new Family History Room. Each year there is a special programme of visiting exhibitions. The museum is staffed by volunteers and there are Disabled facilities available including a wheelchair and stair lift.

Contact details:
Nairn Museum
Viewfield House
Viewfield Drive
Nairn, IV12 4EE
Tel: 01667 456791

School room at Nairn Museum

Gairloch Museum

Gairloch museum exterior

Gairloch Museum recently relocated to a former nuclear bunker in the centre of Gairloch.  The museum tells the story of the people and landscape of Gairloch and the surrounding area from Mesolithic man to crofting communities.   Highlights include the original lens from Rubh Re lighthouse, a replica croft house showing how people used to live and an interactive gallery about the natural world, midges and all!  Also on show are the first Pictish stone found on the West Coast mainland and the Poolewe Hoard – a rare Early Iron Age bronze hoard found locally.

Curator: Dr Karen Buchanan
Front of House Supervisor: Mrs Susan Maclean
Address: Gairloch Museum, Achtercairn, Gairloch, IV21 2BH
T: 01445 712287

Pictish Symbol Stone

Historylinks Museum

Historylings museum building

Dornoch has a fiery past – come to Historylinks and discover the treachery and violence of the Picts and Vikings, our feuding clans and the shameful burning of Scotland’s last alleged witch. Our interpretive displays, historic objects and local tales give you a precious insight into the lives of the ordinary, and not so ordinary, Dornoch folk. The museum is fun for children too, with puzzles, quizzes and a dedicated children’s room. Historylinks is fully accessible and a VisitScotland 5* attraction as well as being an accredited museum.

Historylinks Museum
The Meadows
Dornoch IV25 3Sf
01862 811275
Curator: Lynne Mahoney
Museum Assistant: Caroline Seymour

View of an exhibition inside the museum