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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  • We discovered this place while out exploring. From the outside it does not look like much but once inside it is a different story. Inside is a wealth of information and history especially about the...  more »
  • Based on reviews and all I guess we expected more. The museum is crammed with a lot of information and the different styles of presentation can be somewhat distracting. Gave a good background on the.....  more »
  • 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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