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
Email: admin@tarbat-discovery.co.uk
Tel: 01862 871 351
Website: https://www.tarbat-discovery.co.uk/visitor-information
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tarbatdiscoverycentre/

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
Email: manager@nairnmuseum.co.uk
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
E: info@gairlochmuseum.org

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 historylinkscurator@btconnect.com
Museum Assistant: Caroline Seymour historylinksmanager@btconnect.com


View of an exhibition inside the museum

Applecross Heritage Centre

Image of Applecross Heritage Centre building

The Heritage Centre is operated by the Historical Society over the main visitor months April to October each year. It is manned by local volunteers. We have a broadly based collection of artefacts and information held in a variety of forms dating back to the earliest of times. Applecross is a major centre of early Christianity and the Heritage Centre at Clachan is close to the site of the original monastery dating back to 670. We have a small shop selling a wide range of goods including books.

Website www.applecrossheritagecentre.org.uk
Facebook: Applecross Heritage Centre
Contact email: fionatoscaig@gmail.com

Men of Ross Mountain Battery during WW1
Men of Ross Mountain Battery during WW1

Highland Museum of Childhood

image of museum building

Taigh Tasgaidh Leanabachd na Gàidhealtachd

Set in charming location in the Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer, the Highland museum of Childhood is based in the old railway station. The museum tells the story of childhood across the Highlands exploring themes such as schools days, crofting life, birth and early years. It is also home to a vast doll collection belonging to local lady, Angela Kellie. On display are also toys and games from different eras which give everyone a chance to reminisce. The museum also has a small gift shop.
We welcome school and other group visits to the museum and The Goods Shed education space.

The Highland Museum of Childhood
The Old Station
Strathpeffer IV14 9DH
01997 421031

Twitter: HighMusofChildhood@hmoc123
Instagram: Highlandmuseumofchildhood

Young boy fishing

Russian Arctic Convoy Museum

exterior view of arctic convoy museum

Discover one of the most daring allied operations of WWII.

The Arctic Convoys were a monumental collaborative effort to provide aid to the Soviet Union to bolster its defences against the invading German forces. The supplies were delivered by merchant vessels, escorted by warships, and shielded by air cover. The route went through perilous Arctic waters, and the ships sailed under the constant threat of air, surface vessel, and u-boat attacks.

Our museum has a large collection of artefacts and memorabilia, including: ships’ instruments, uniforms, photographs, written accounts, ships’ logs, medals, toys, models, and much more. 

Website: http://racmp.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RACMuseum/
Twitter: @InfoRACM
Instagram: @rac_project
Phone: 01445731137
Address: Russian Arctic Convoy Museum, Birchburn, Aultbea, IV22 2HZ
Email: info@theracmproject.org

Lookout on the HMS Suffolk

West Highland Museum

picture of west highland museum from the outside

West Highland Museum is situated in the heart of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. The collections tell the story of the region and its history. Our most renowned collections relate to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause, as well as the Commandos who trained here during World War II. 

We also hold a wealth of curious and fascinating collections relating to less well-known aspects of the lives of the people of the West Highlands, from the effects of political warfare, to the economic impact of tourism in the region, and the coming of the industrial and modern age.

W:  www.westhighlandmuseum.org.uk
E:   info@westhighlandmuseum.org.uk
T:  01397 702169
Address:   West Highland Museum, Cameron Square, Fort William, Inverness-Shire, PH34 6AJ
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/WestHighlandMuseum/

Secret Portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie
Secret Portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie

Glenfinnan Station Museum

Glenfinnan museum view

Glenfinnan Station Museum is located on a working West Highland railway station featuring the story of the West Highland Line and Glenfinnan Viaduct. There is a restored booking office exhibition, Dining & Sleeping cars, Viaduct trail and Signal Box demonstrations.  

The indoor exhibition provides interesting facts and stories about the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct and life on the West Highland line, while the outdoor exhibits tell the story of a rural Scottish railway station over the last century.

The Museum is on the Iron Road to the Isles and is a picturesque heritage site celebrating the work of earlier generations on the West Highland Line.’

Contact details (Museum): 01397 722295 / Dining car: 01397 722300 

Grantown Museum

Interior view of Grantown Museum

Grantown Museum is a community run social history museum exploring the stories and people of Grantown from its founding in 1795. Discover the town’s history, Clan Grant, great inventions, kids activities, electrifying objects, dressing up, photographic and family history archive as well as fantastic annual exhibitions, gallery, shop and visitor information centre.  Open April -Oct, Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm

T: 01479872478

Ring Brooch