Strathnaver Museum, Bettyhill

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Strathnaver Museum is the Museum of the Clearances and tells this fascinating and at times brutal story within the wider perspective of our cultural and social history.

The Museum holds a diverse range of objects depicting life in the north Highlands from prehistoric to more modern times. Within the Museum you can discover the Bronze Age burial beaker unearthed by a Highland Council roadcrew in 1981 and marvel at the tools our ancestors used to work their land in order to feed their families. Just outside the Museum you can also see the impressive and elaborately designed Pictish Farr Stone dated from around 800 to 850AD.

On the second floor of the Museum you will find the Clan Mackay Room which is full of fascinating artefacts including a very special chanter.

The Museum is housed within the former Parish Church of St Columba at Clachan in Bettyhill which is notable in its own right and is listed by Historic Scotland for its regional architectural importance. The museum also holds an interesting and varied archive of books, manuscripts and recorded oral histories which is valuable for genealogical and academic researchers.

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  • Reading extensively about the Clearances before traveling to Scotland, the Strathnaver Museum was a must on our list. It is a small building with limited staffing but gives a good overview of the trag...  more »
  • For the price this was very interesting. We went on to complete the whole Strathnaver trail but due to limited museum hours we tackled it in reverse and we missed some of the points (which I think wer...  more »
  • A hidden gem. Too good to miss.
  • Local museum with good info on highland clearances and the Mackay clan. Good diversion for an hour and kept children entertained. Great choice on a wet day.
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