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 is open from April (Easter if earlier) until the end of October, between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 11am - 3pm Saturday.
In the winter months, visits can be made by arrangement.
Children (5-16) £1.00
Senior Citizens/Students £3.00
Contact the museum for rates on groups of 10 or more.
Why not consider unlimited access with:
Family Membership £20
Individual Membership £10
Parking for cars and coaches is free. Space is set aside for disabled parking close to the museum entrance.
Alongside the parking, there is assisted wheelchair access into the museum.
The museum galleries and temporary exhibition space are accessible for wheelchair users. An accessible public toilet is available in Gairloch Community Hall, next to the museum building. Arrangements can be made for archive and library material to be viewed in the reading area of the museum during museum opening hours. An accessibility audit of the building was completed in 2015 and we are working to implement recommendations where feasible.
The updated Gairloch Heritage Museum Guide Book (in English) is now available £1.00.
Also available to purchase online.
The museum shop sells books, leaflets, CDs, embroideries, traditional toys and other souvenirs, relating both to the Gairloch area and the Highlands in general.
Fundraising for our New Museum
How much have we raised so far?
We are thrilled to be able to report that Gairloch Heritage Museum has received a confirmed grant of £725,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our project ‘Our Land, Our People, Our Story’, which will build a new museum for Gairloch.
The investment by Heritage Lottery Fund is a vital part of the total funding package for the project, and we believe it will be the catalyst that will attract the substantial amount of match funding that still needs to be raised by next summer. This is now the absolute priority for the museum and we would love to hear from anyone who has ideas or energy to help out with the fundraising campaign. Although it is a huge task to raise the remaining monies, the museum board and volunteers are determined to secure the future of the museum for our members and our community. To get this far is a massive achievement for a volunteer led organisation in a small and remote community. Now let's raise the rest of the match funding and make sure the project goes ahead!
Gairloch Heritage Museum : Achtercairn • Gairloch • Ross-shire • IV21 2BP • UK
Curator : Dr. Karen Buchanan (Thompson)
tel : 01445 712287
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Gairloch Heritage Museum is operated by Gairloch & District Heritage Company Ltd which is run by volunteers and is a registered charity no. SC010249