Gairloch Heritage Museum

LOCATION

GAIRLOCH, HIGHLAND

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A converted farmstead now houses the award-winning museum, which shows the way of life in this West Highland parish from early times to the 20th century. There are hands-on activities for children and reconstructions of a croft house room, a school room, a shop, and a smugglers' cave. You can also view Gairloch through one of the largest lenses assembled by the Northern Lighthouse Board. Please visit website for details of regular events, such as craft demonstrations, free open evenings and special exhibitions.

Gairloch Heritage Museum
Achtercairn, GAIRLOCH, Wester Ross, IV21 2BP
Phone : 01445 712287

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Some areas not accessible to wide wheelchairs. Displays not accessible to partially sighted
  • Facilities: Disabled parking, ramps
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct, Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 11-3. Winter months by arrangement

About the area

Discover Highland

Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe. 

At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.

The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century. 

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