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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Address: The Highland Museum of Childhood The Old Station Strathpeffer IV14 9DH 01997 421031
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.
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.
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.’
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