Timespan Heritage and Art Centre


Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale, Sutherland, KW8 6JX

    Timespan Heritage and Arts Centre is a museum of social and natural history, contemporary art gallery, archive, gift shop, herb garden and cafe.

    Timespan Museum is the starting point on a journey through the colourful historical themes of the area. It provides the visitor with a wealth of information about past ways of life and some of the more turbulent events in Sutherland’s history. It combines local stories and folklore from the past and present with a multi-faceted collection of objects spanning thousands of years.

    The museum’s storytelling room has a selection of five animated films about the areas myths, legends and superstitions. The younger visitors can meet our own last wolf and find out why Helmsdale fishermen were so superstitious! Transport yourself back to the time of the Vikings with the story of Frakkok, learn about the tale of two dogs and what life was like living in a croft in Gartymore.

    The museum’s reconstructed croft, byre, smithy, and shop from 150 years ago capture many aspects of a way of life – now long gone. Each reconstruction has its own audio narrative including a Gaelic lullaby and recollections about one of Helmsdale’s best loved blacksmiths.

    The visitor can enjoy an audio tour of the museum with additional informative material on each area and translated sheets are available in German, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish. The younger museum visitors can enjoy quizzes and puzzles and a selection of replica objects.


    4 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Open daily 10.00 - 17.00 Sun 12.00 -17.00 April to October. Open Tues 14.00 - 16.00, Sat and Sun 11.00 - 16.00 November to March


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Non smokers
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Young People

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Electron
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking Off-site / street
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- From Helmsdale railway station, leave the station yard turning right. Follow the road downhill towards the Telford Bridge. Cross the bridge bearing right, and turn right in to the first small brae. timespan is on your right.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


    • Clear signage throughout the attraction (e.g. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc.)


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria
    • Catering staff provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements


    • There is a lift

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.


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