Step inside our historic station building and discover the intertwined stories of Kyle Harbour, West Coast fishing and the Kyle Line – one of the world’s most scenic train journeys. Inside you’ll find a fascinating collection of historic and quirky artefacts linked to the Kyle Line, alongside a new gallery using archive pictures and films to bring alive Kyle’s marine and local history. Children can enjoy our trails and hands-on activities, and there’s also an archive room and a well-stocked gift shop. The museum was founded by volunteers who campaigned to save the Kyle Line from closure in the 1970s, and all income supports the work of our charity.
The Clan Macpherson Museum, situated at the south end of Newtonmore, tells the story of the Clan and its people. It has housed the relics and memorials, from ancient Highland history to modern computer science, for over 70 years.
The newly refurbished exhibition tells a story of land and landscape, family and belonging, loyalty and rebellion. You will find fascinating Clan treasures like the Black Chanter sent down from heaven, witness stories like the one of Macpherson’s lament and Jamie’s broken fiddle, or learn about the reinvention of the Highlands by James ‘Ossian’ Macpherson.
Clan-history is told by a long line of tradition bearers and storytellers, part of the oral culture of the Gaelic world, the Gàidhealtachd. From Clan Chiefs to crofters, the story of the Macphersons and the area is told through books, poetry, songs, piping and fiddle music.
Brora Heritage Centre, in Brora on the East coast of Sutherland, hosts a small community museum packed with displays and objects relating to its fascinating and unique Highland History.
Home to Britain’s most northerly occurrence of coal, it was worked intermittently from 1529 to 1777 to fuel a salt-making industry on the shore. From 1810 a 240’ deep shaft was sunk to exploit the coal and, for this phase in the industrial history of the village, the coal fuelled a further salt-works, a whisky distillery, a brickworks and, later, a woollen tweed mill.
Sadly, the distillery is the only industry which has survived, but the stories live on in the museum, alongside many other incredible local stories from a village which has always punched above its weight.
The centre is operated by Clyne Heritage Society on behalf of Highlife Highland and is open daily, 10.30-4.30, from Good Friday to the end of October. The Society is pursuing plans to open its own heritage centre and museum in the redeveloped, currently semi-derelict, Old Clyne School on the main A9 on the north side of the village.
Visit us at the 5-star Highlanders’ Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection) and immerse yourself in our rich and diverse history, following in the footsteps of the Highland soldier from just after the Battle of Culloden until the present day. Our Nationally Significant Collection, the largest collection of military artefacts outside of Edinburgh, showcases the history of the Highland Regiments and includes an array of artefacts and archive material from the Seaforth Highlanders, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, the Queen’s Own Highlanders, The Highlanders and most recently, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS).
Set within traditional 18th century heather-thatched cottages, Glencoe Folk Museum holds an eclectic array of objects celebrating local heritage and providing an insight into the history of the area and its people. Hear the story of the infamous Massacre of Glencoe, see Jacobite weaponry, explore an authentic ‘cruck’ cottage and learn about Highland life from the 17th Century right up to the present day.
Castlehill Heritage Centre is operated by Castletown Heritage Society as a visitor experience and educational resource. Themed displays, exhibitions and talks are held throughout the year showcasing the social, industrial, agricultural, maritime and archaeological heritage of the village of Castletown and the parish of Olrig, all brought to life through engagement with our large collection of local artefacts, costumes, documentation and ephemera. Our diverse range of hands-on workshops and training days are aimed at preserving local vernacular skills such as drystone dyking, metal smithing, croft crafts, rope and paper making, wood chip carving, storytelling, poetry and music. The award winning, Visit Scotland four star accredited Castlehill Heritage Centre is open to visitors all year round. Opening times, special events and workshop times and dates are as advertised on our website and FaceBook page.
The Highland Folk Museum brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland peoples. Visitors to this living history Museum can learn how our Scottish Highland ancestors lived, how they built their homes, how they tilled the soil and how they dressed, in a friendly and welcoming environment. An award winning visitor attraction, the Museum not only encapsulates human endeavour and development in Highland life from the 1700s to the present day, but offers an opportunity to explore a beautiful natural setting, home to red squirrels and tree creepers. A great day out for everyone!
Follow the Museum’s timeline to discover how the unique highland landscape was formed. Find out about the Picts and their beautiful carved stones, the world wide links of medieval Inverness and the importance of Gaelic language and culture. In the upstairs galleries the story continues with the Stuarts and Bonnie Prince Charlie, music, the stunning Inverness silver collection and ends with the modern city of Inverness.
We have a vibrant Art Gallery with a programme of temporary touring exhibitions of local, national and international art and craft. There is also a Community Gallery for local groups to show their exhibitions. The museum has shop and a café for you to relax in.
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.
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.