For some time the Gairloch Heritage Museum has faced an uncertain future owing to lack of space in our current premises and the inability to extend our lease beyond 2018. The Heritage Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise are now supporting us in our plans to convert the old Anti-aircraft Operations Room (AAOR) in the centre of the village into an exciting new heritage centre for the area.

This page contains details of our redevelopment activities so far, and updates on funding.

March 2017

£445,000 awarded by Scottish Government to redevelopment project


The museum recently learned that our redevelopment project is one of two projects in the Highlands that will benefit from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.  This fund, delivered in partnership with COSLA and local government, supports locally developed regeneration projects that involve local communities, helping to support and create jobs and build sustainable communities. Highland Council applied to the fund on our behalf and we are grateful for their continuing support with our project. The £350,000 that we have been awarded by the fund is a huge boost to the project


We have also benefited from a further £95,000 from the Scottish Government's Vacant and Derelict Land Fund. This money will be allocated to tidying up the site before building works commence, for example demolishing the derelict single story building in front of the AAOR and removing contamination from asbestos, fuel and road salts from the site.


These funds bring us a lot closer to achieving the total match funding we need before Heritage Lottery Fund will allow the project to start. The project timetable is for building work to start in the early autumn of this year, and it is looking increasingly likely that this will go ahead.

Project Curator's Report • 2nd March 2015

December 2016

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

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Gairloch Heritage Museum is operated by Gairloch & District Heritage Company Ltd which is run by volunteers and is a registered charity no. SC010249