The museum takes you on a journey through time showing how local people lived and worked in Gairloch through the ages.
● Marvel at how stone age and bronze age people existed with relatively limited technology and (to us) primitive utensils.
● Fathom the mysteries of a Pictish symbol stone.
● Examine the crofting tools of a more recent age that still relied on skill rather than technology.
● Relive life in the croft house, the school room and the village shop that are all a world away from the Internet.
● Imagine the locals joining in an impromptu ceilidh at the end of another hard day on the croft, sustained by the produce of the dairy but fuelled by the product of the illicit whisky still.
● Examine the locally built and owned fishing boats and compare the rigours of earning a living off the sea in these small, open craft with today's purpose-built, sea-going trawlers.
● Reflect on the relief of the seaman as the beam from one of the largest lenses assembled by the Northern Lighthouse Board guides him to safety without the help of radar or satellite navigation.
Gairloch Heritage Museum • Achtercairn • Gairloch • Ross-shire • IV21 2BP • UK Curator : Janet MacLean tel : 01445 712287 (local rate 08458 648001) email : info(at)gairlochheritagemuseum(dot)org
In January 2010, an object from our collection was included on the BBC’s “A History of the World” website. A section of the WWII road barrier from Achtercairn was part of the high security precautions that surrounded Loch Ewe, which had become an important naval safe haven for Arctic Convoys to Murmansk and Archangel in Russia. To find out about our object, and to learn more about “A History of the World”, click here.