2021 Exhibitions

Click here for museum and archives opening hours and contact details



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

Email castletown.heritage.t21@btinternet.com




D2 - New Acquisitions: Treasure Trove [IN]

Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

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

Email inverness.museum@highlifehighland.com




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

Email enquiry@glenfinnanstationmuseum.co.uk




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.

Wheelchair accessible

Nairn Museum. Phone 01667 456791

Email manager@nairnmuseum.co.uk




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]

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

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.

Wheelchair accessible

Gairloch Museum. Phone 01455 712287

Email events@gairlochmuseum.org




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.

Free/Donations welcome

Groam House Museum. Phone 01381 620961

Email curator@groamhouse.org.uk




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.

Wheelchair accessible

Highland Museum of Childhood. Phone 01997 421031

Email curator@highlandmuseumofchildhood.org.uk




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. 

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 £  


Click for Map
sitemap | cookie policy | privacy policy | accessibility statement