Museum in Sutherland
Strathnaver is the fertile valley of the River Naver, a famous salmon river that flows from Loch Naver to the north coast. It also refers to the ancient province of Strathnaver, which covers nearly 2000sq km of North West Sutherland, informally known as the Mackay Country (Dùthaich MhicAoidh). Strathnaver Museum is a volunteer-led, rural history museum which explores the social history of the area through exhibitions, workshops and events. Based in the former Parish Church of Columba in Bettyhill, the main story told by the museum is the story of the Highland Clearances and the building is itself an important piece in this story. It was from the pulpit which still dominates the main room that Rev David Mackenzie was obliged to read out eviction notices to his congregation during the main Strathnaver Clearances of 1814-19. The museum is the starting point for the Strathnaver Trail, linking and interpreting 29 archaeological sites which create a powerful picture of life in Strathnaver through several millennia.