Proudly placed on the shores of Loch Gairloch, the museum celebrates Scottish life and culture with a growing collection of local and national significance.

Originally opened in 1977 at Achtercairn Steading, the museum was built to house the growing collection donated by local people. The museum relocated to Gairloch in 2011, transforming a former nuclear bunker into a thriving hub of history, culture, art and national heritage in the North West Highlands

A fine example of a conservation project that helped improve the landscape of a town, one donor remarks of it: “This unique project has transformed the ugliest and most neglected building in Gairloch to its greatest attraction.”

Spoilt with gorgeous views across the loch and towards the Isle of Skye, the museum presents a rolling programme of events and exhibitions exploring art of local and national significance, with a focus on art by contemporary Scottish artists.

The permanent collection includes fascinating local objects such as the original lens from the Rubh Re lighthouse, an interactive gallery dedicated to the natural world and the precious Pictish Symbol Stone – forming the basis for the museum’s logo, this rare find (one of only two ever found on the west coast mainland) is a particular highlight in the collection.

Gairloch Museum

Gairloch, Ross-shire, IV21 2BH

01445 712287


Opening times

February & March

Thursday - Saturday 11am - 4pm

April - October

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Hand sanitiser dispensers have been installed throughout the building and staff will be regularly cleaning and disinfecting door handles, bannisters, lift buttons, surfaces and toilets. Please wear a face covering during your visit to Gairloch Museum.

With a National Art Pass you get

50% off entry
Standard entry price

Price displayed is based on a standard venue entry price. Prices may vary according to ticket type and entry day/time.

Price correct at time of publication.

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Exhibitions and events at Gairloch Museum

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