Find Strathnaver Museum in the heart of Mackay Country where people have lived for over 8,000 years! In 1819 almost 1,300 people were cleared from Strathnaver in 'the year of the burnings', discover their story today.
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 at Chealamy 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.
The Museum is housed within the old parish church at Clachan in Bettyhill which is notable in its own right and is listed by Historic Environment 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.
The Museum regularly stages special events and exhibitions which are advertised on the VisitScotland website and on Facebook. Pop in and pick up a map to the Strathnaver Trail or Rob Donn Mackay Trail to help you explore Mackay Country.
Discover the vibrant culture, inherited from Norse and Gaelic ancestors. Strathnaver Museum is a heart which keeps the blood of tradition pumping; sustaining and preserving it for future generations.