Museum in Wester Ross
The excellent Gairloch Museum, housed in a converted Cold War era Anti-Aircraft Operations Room, showcases the history, culture and natural heritage of this beautiful area. The collection includes ancient artefacts, such as the Bronze Age Poolewe Hoard and a Pictish carved stone depicting a fish, alongside objects from more recent times. These include the original lens from the Stevenson-built Rua Reidh lighthouse as well as farming and fishing implements and domestic utensils which provide a glimpse into life in the area in the past. The museum holds a Gaelic language and literature collection which is highly regarded by scholars and the in-house art gallery hosts regularly changing exhibitions. Local crafts are available in the shop and a café has wonderful views down the loch.
There is wealth of activities on offer in Gairloch including marine wildlife tours, a golf course and pony trekking, while there are plenty of opportunities for the enthusiastic birdwatcher. Fresh local seafood is landed in the harbour in Charlestown and can be enjoyed in restaurants locally
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Visiting Gairloch Museum
Open Easter-October, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.