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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  • So much great information about the Clearnances in the Highlands. Great exhibits a detour is very worthwhile.
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  • I came here only by chance and spontaneously decided to look at the museum, which is located in an old church. The museum is relatively small and probably does not have much resources but it is very lovingly and carefully made. At the heart of this is the history of the Highland Clearances. In this little-known, unsightly chapter of Scottish history, all the small farmers who were expelled from the Highlands were driven out to make way for sheep, as they gave more profit to the landowners. In addition, there is an area about the Picts and the local clan. I haven't seen such an extensive and informative exhibition about the Highland Clearances. If you're interested in Scottish history, this short detour from the main road is absolutely worth it.
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  • The museum have been kept going only by local volunteers. It is not government funded. Very educational and interesting. Amazing and friendly staff. Must visit if you are near by.
  • Absolute must visit for Mackay descendants and any one interested in the clearances. Small museum but a wealth of information on what happened. Eye witness statements about the clearances. I'm so glad I was able to visit. Be aware. Local establishments dunnet serve food all day. There's hours long gaps between lunch and dinner service.
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