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D1 - Maps and Sea Charts [CA]
Contact centre for opening times
Exhibition of old maps and sea charts held by the Centre.
Free/Donations welcome. Wheelchair accessible
Castlehill Heritage Centre. Phone 01847 821120
D2 - New Acquisitions: Treasure Trove [IN]
Inverness Museum will show new acquisitions from Treasure Trove including a sword pommel, gold posey ring and unique bullet mould.
Free/Donations welcome. Wheelchair accessible
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Phone 01349 781730
D3 - Building the Mallaig Railway [LO]
3rd-5th Oct, 12-5pm
Celebrating 120 years since the opening of the Mallaig Extension, the museum emerges from the pandemic by opening a new exhibition and educational space in a re-themed dining car. Tea, treats and a blether, with a closer look at photos from the railway construction period with the museum’s curator. Entry £1.
Glenfinnan Station Museum. Phone 01397 722295
D4 - Retail Therapy: Shops and businesses in the old market town of Nairn [NA]
Tue-Sat 12-3pm; last entry 2pm
A collaborative exhibition on Nairn shops and businesses through the years with images and stories of local shops and businesses. Adults £4, children over 5 £1; family £8.
Nairn Museum. Phone 01667 456791
D5 - Coastal Cromarty plus New Recordings [RC]
25th, 26th, 28th, 29th, 30th Sept, 12-4pm
The Coastal Cromarty exhibition features the ‘Sea Inside’ community artwork sail. There are also new recordings this year, including two late 18th century trials, a series of short monologues from the eccentric 17th century laird Sir Thomas Urquhart and the Victorian tale of the unlucky evicted blacksmith. It may also be possible to see the exhibition outwith these hours by contacting the museum.
Free/ Donations welcome
Cromarty Courthouse Museum. 01381 600418 (opening hours only)
www.cromarty-courthouse.org.uk/ (with website contact form)
D6 - The New Gairloch Museum displays [RC]
New displays opened in 2019 tell the region’s history. They include the Poolewe hoard of nine bronze objects recovered from a bog in Poolewe in 1877. Adults £5, children 5-16 £2, family £12.
Gairloch Museum. Phone 01455 712287
D7 - Book of Kells. Some Mysteries Revealed [RC]
An exhibition exploring how the 8th century illuminated Book of Gospels inspired Celtic-Art instructor and educator George Bain in the mid 1900s and continues to inspire Cromary-based artist Thomas Keyes today. For those who can’t visit in person, the exhibition is also on the Groam House Museum website.
Groam House Museum. Phone 01381 620961
D9 - Around the World with 80 Dolls [RC]
A display of dolls from countries around the world including a collection from retired female rally driver, Pat Smith, whose rallying stories and experiences will also be shared through the exhibition alongside vintage toy vehicles. Please contact for current entry charges.
Highland Museum of Childhood. Phone 01997 421031
D8 - Highland Pictish Trail [CA, IN, RC, SU]
The recently launched Highland Pictish trail highlights Pictish sites including museum exhibitions. See the website to download the trail and for more information. Museums on the trail are listed on the Museums page in the HAF brochure and website.
There is some uncertainty over opening dates and times during HAF due to Covid. Face coverings or bookings may be required depending on Covid guidelines for visits. Phone ahead or check website or facebook to confirm hours especially if travelling a distance. Note that this list is only museums/archives which have confirmed details. Others may be open as well. Kilmartin Museum, Strathnaver Museum and Nucleus Archive are closed for renovation.
|AREA||NAME||HOURS during HAF||CONTACT||ENTRY||Pictish Trail|
|BS||Clan MacPherson Museum||Contact Museum for details||01540 673332||F/D|
|BS||Grantown Museum||Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 10am-5pm; Sat & Sun 11am-3pm||01479 872478||£|
|BS||Highland Folk Museum||10:30am-4pm||01349 781650||F/D|
|CA||Castlehill Heritage Centre||Sun 1:30-4:30pm||01847 821120||F/D|
|CA||Dunbeath Heritage Centre||Tue & Wed 10am-3pm||01593 731233||£||Yes|
|IN||Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre||To Sept: 10am-4pm; Oct Onwards: Wed-Sun 10am-4pm||01463 796090||£|
|IN||Fort George, including Highlanders Museum||10am-4pm||01667 460232||£|
|IN||Highland Archive Centre||Mon-Fri. Contact for details||01349 781130||F/D|
|IN||Inverness Museum & Art Gallery||Tue-Sat 10am-5pm||01349 781730||F/D||Yes|
|IN||Urquhart Castle||9:30am-6pm||01456 450551||£|
|IN||Wardlaw Mausoleum||Phone for times or access||01463 831742||Suggested Donation £3|
|LO||Arisaig Land, Sea and Islands Centre||10am-4pm||01687 450771||F/D|
|LO||Clan Cameron Museum||Contact museum for details||07900 217975||£|
|LO||Glencoe Folk Museum||Contact museum for details||01855 811664||£|
|LO||Glenfinnan Station Museum||Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-5pm||01397 722295||£|
|LO||Lochaber Archive Centre||Contact archive for details||01397 707050||F/D|
|LO||Mallaig Heritage Centre||Sept: 11am-5pm; Oct 11am-4pm||01687 462085||£|
|LO||West Highland Museum||Tue-Fri 10am-2pm||01397 702169||F/D|
|MO||Brodie Castle||Contact museum for details||01309 641371||£|
|MO||Burghead Visitor Centre||To end Sept: 12-4pm||01343 835518||F/D|
|MO||Elgin Musum||Contact museum for details||01343 543675||F/D|
|NA||Cawdor Castle||To 3rd Oct: 10am-3pm||01667 404401||£|
|NA||Nairn Museum||Contact museum for details||01667 456791||£|
|RC||Alness Heritage Centre||Mon-Fri 10am-4pm||01349 883005||F/D|
|RC||Applecross Heritage Centre||Mon-Sat 12-4pm||01520 744255||F/D||Yes|
|RC||Cromarty Courthouse Museum||25th, 26th, 28th, 29th, 30th Sept 12-4pm. Group bookings outwith dates||01381 600418||F/D|
|RC||Dingwall Museum||To Sept: Thu-Sat 11-4pm||01349 865366||F/D||Yes|
|RC||Gairloch Museum||Mon-Sat 10am-5pm||01445 712287||£||Yes|
|RC||Groam House Museum||1:30-4:15pm||01381 620961||F/D||Yes|
|RC||Highland Museum of Childhood||Thu-Sat 11am-4pm; Sun 12-4pm||01997 421031||£|
|RC||Hugh Miller's Birthplace Cottage & Museum||Contact museum for details||01381 600245||£|
|RC||Invergordon Museum||Check website for details||Website||F/D|
|RC||Russian Arctic Convoy Exhibition Centre||Contact museum for details||01445 731137||£|
|RC||Tain & District Museum||Contact museum for details||01862 894089||£||Yes|
|RC||Tarbat Discovery Centre||Wed-Sat 10am-4pm but check details||01862 871351||£||Yes|
|RC||Ullapool Museum||Contact museum for details||01854 612987||£|
|SL||Eilean Donan Castle||Sept: 9:30am-6pm; Oct: 10am-5pm||01599 555202||£|
|SL||Museum of the Isles, Armadale, Skye||9:45am-5:30pm Last entry 4:30pm||01471 844305||£|
|SL||Skye & Lochalsh Archive Centre||Contact archive for details||01478 614078||F/D|
|SU||Brora heritage Centre||10:30am-4:30pm||01478 614078||F/D|
|SU||Dunrobin Castle||10:30-4:30pm Last entry 4pm||01408 633177||£||Yes|
|SU||Ferrycroft Visitor Centre||10am-4pm||01549 402160||F/D|
|SU||Historylinks Museum||10:30-4pm||01862 811275||£|
|SU||Timespan, Helmsdale||10am-5pm||01431 821327||£|