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.


Admission charges

Adults £4.00

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.


Disabled facilities

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.



Museum Shop

The museum shop sells books, leaflets, CDs, embroideries, traditional toys and other souvenirs, relating both to the Gairloch area and the Highlands in general.

Gairloch Heritage Museum :   Achtercairn • Gairloch • Ross-shire • IV21 2BP • UK

Curator : Dr. Karen Buchanan (Thompson)

tel : 01445 712287

email :

Gairloch Heritage Museum is operated by Gairloch & District Heritage Company Ltd

 which is run by volunteers and is a registered charity no. SC010249