Gairloch Museum
Gairloch Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Gairloch Museum is located in a stunning building - a former nuclear bunker with views down Loch Gairloch. Displays include the original lens from Rubh Re lighthouse, a replica croft house showing how people used to live and an interactive gallery about our magnificent natural world, midges and all! The Museum shop stocks a specialist range of books and CDs of local interest and crafts by local makers. The in-house art gallery hosts a rotation of exhibitions. Am Bàrd, our café on the first floor has stunning views across the loch to the Isle of Skye. We serve teas, coffees, cold drinks, great homemaking and wonderful lunch dishes with a local flavour. Gairloch Museum was declared winner of ArtFund Museum of the Year in 2020.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • MrandMrsKM
    Sheffield, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth the Visit
    A wonderful way to learn more about this place, the area, its history. In addition to its new exhibits and up to date presentation, the building is great. Research facilities are an added bonus. The location is stunning. Cafe and balcony seating are lovely. Well worth a visit.
    Thanks so much forsaking the time to leave a review, much appreciated!
    Written 9 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Patrick A
    Orne, France2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely unmissable. And make sure you eat here, too.
    Absolutely brilliant museum, fascinating and engaging, for adults and families alike. I never expected an experience of such richness and variety. Unmissable. Also the best lunch of our holiday, fresh and delicious, entirely home-made. Friendly and hospitable staff too.
    Thanks so much Patrick - hope you can call again soon.
    Written 9 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • David
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous adaptation of a Cold War bunker to tell the area’s fascinating story.
    This is an excellent museum in an award-winning building, an adaptation of a 1950s nuclear defence shelter. It tells the story of the area, its people and its culture from geological formation through key periods in history. Interesting audio and visual clips of lived experience. There’s a great café too.
    Thanks David - really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. Hope you can call again soon!
    Written 29 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Joan2857
    Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum Gairloch
    Gairloch Museum is a must-see. I was able to get a look at the stuff that they have in storage, and it was very interesting. The museum holds many interesting things to do with the whole area. From mesolithic up to ww2. For anyone interested in history or even family connections, this is the place to visit. Cannot forget the cafe which has a range of different options plus homebaking. Worth a visit
    Thanks Joan - hope you can call in again soon!
    Written 29 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 September 2023
  • sonski
    Birmingham, United Kingdom28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous museum and cafe
    Fabulous little Museum, not at the location shown on Google Maps however, it is a five minute walk further down the road past the shops. Friendly and helpful staff on hand to answer any questions. The café was fabulous. We were welcomed in by the delicious smells of home cooking and two very friendly ladies. It was lovely to get the personal touch here and homemade food is not something you see very often these days. The place has a community feel and interaction with staff really makes the visit special! Thank you Fabulous!
    Thanks so much Sonia - glad you had such a positive experience - as for Google Maps, grrrrrrr! We keep thinking we've corrected the address and resolved this issue (a lot of people using Sat Nav report being taken to the wrong location) so some server some where must STILL have our old address. Really appreciate you flagging it up, we will endeavour to get to the bottom of it!
    Written 29 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • ChrisB
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A warm welcome and a fantastic display of local culture & heritage
    Last visited in 2012 before the museum opened in its new setting (in 2019) of a repurposed Cold War Nuclear bunker. The displays are thoughtfully set out and very interesting. I particularly enjoyed the 25 minute film about the local area and how it has changed over time. The museum is well worth a visit, and its cafe (Am Bard Cafe) upstairs has the best soup with cheese and seaweed scone in the area! Sin sibh fhein!
    Thank you Chrissy - glad you enjoyed your visit. Call again soon!
    Written 29 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Emily
    London, United Kingdom407 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Good Museum, quite a lot to see taking you through the history of the area. Can take a good couple of hours if read everything. Good video as well to provide some local stories, and some interactive exhibit for the children. Café was open but no GF food options. Followed the archaeological trail afterward - very interesting and great views, but very muddy!
    Thanks Emily - really glad you enjoyed your visit - sorry to hear there were no GF options in the cafe when you visited. We normally have a range of baking and GF bread for savoury options, but perhaps on this occasion it had all gone! Sorry to disappoint!
    Written 29 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Cindie Reiter
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    Love this museum, it's stunning as a building, very unexpected in a small West Coast Village. It's really inspiring, I love the way that it community built and managed, so creatively laid out with loads to look at and learn. I love the way that includes local history and artists and designers. The shop is great and the coffee shop is a great place to stop for a while. Highly recommended.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such lovely review - hope you can call again soon!
    Written 15 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 January 2024
  • Emma B
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see to appreciate the local area
    This museum was such a pleasant surprise. It's got a lot of facets of history but distilled into neat little displays that are engaging but not too much on one topic. Don't just visit for a rainy day- prioritise it as it will make you look around the area with a much higher understanding. Very clean and lovely staff too
    Thank you so much Emma - so pleased you enjoyed your visits. And you are our first reviewer for the 2024 season ... and it is a glowing one!
    Written 1 April 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 March 2024
  • Paul W
    Liskeard, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely excellent museum. A must visit.
    Excellent museum with lots of interest from neolithic times to modern. Didn't realise the area had so much history. We thought it would be a 30 minute in and out but we were there almost 2 hours. Great cafe too. Highly recommended!
    Thank you so much for the review - glad you enjoyed your visit!
    Written 10 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 June 2024
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Clare N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We visited on the last day of our week here, a rainy day, but if we'd realised what an asset to understanding the area this is, we might've come earlier. Really exquisite environment, beautifully designed. Covers history, geology, some fauna (loved to see the eagle and other unknown birds) and local art, beautifully displayed. Cafe has view over the water and is a relaxing place with great looking sofas! Usually I'm not a big museum fan but this is a clever modern take and I imagine, something very prized by the community. Favourite bit was the recreated croft house and info on sheilings. Also great that educational workshops happen here.
Written 7 June 2024
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Thank you so much for your fulsome, lovely review! So glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you can call again sometime in the future. Tapadh leibh!
Written 10 June 2024
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Paul W
Liskeard, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Excellent museum with lots of interest from neolithic times to modern. Didn't realise the area had so much history. We thought it would be a 30 minute in and out but we were there almost 2 hours. Great cafe too. Highly recommended!
Written 7 June 2024
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Thank you so much for the review - glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written 10 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sandycaroline2015
Elgin, UK42 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We went for a look around the shop area. But if you go past the desk it’s classed as the museum. There is no barrier, so my wife thought it was part of the shop. The member of staff told her she had to the entrance fee for the museum. Then the staff member chased the other 3 members of the party and told them to come and pay the entrance fee which is £8 each. The 3 members of our party said it was embarrassing how she treated them. It was a genuine mistake. Maybe you should put your notice of prices on the door you open and explain that the museum is downstairs as well as upstairs it would avoid confusion. My wife said it’s not worth its money. Definitely overpriced, since it’s governments money, that you received.
Written 16 May 2024
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Oh dear - we are sorry to hear that you felt our volunteer was rude to you - we cannot think who out of our team who were volunteering that week would be anything other than polite and respectful, even if they were trying to modify visitors' behaviour. The entrance fee is clearly marked both on the door that you come in through to get into the Museum and then it is repeated on the Welcome Desk. Over priced - we hope not. We are a five star visitor attraction and former winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award. In receipt of Government money - we are lucky to receive a small grant annually from our local authority (Highland Council) of £6k for which we are very grateful, but the running costs of this Museum far exceed that amount and it is thanks to fund raising, income from our admission fees, shop sales, Membership fees and an awful lot of fundraising and volunteer effort that enables us to keep the doors open and the lights on.
Written 20 May 2024
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Emma B
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This museum was such a pleasant surprise. It's got a lot of facets of history but distilled into neat little displays that are engaging but not too much on one topic. Don't just visit for a rainy day- prioritise it as it will make you look around the area with a much higher understanding. Very clean and lovely staff too
Written 28 March 2024
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Thank you so much Emma - so pleased you enjoyed your visits. And you are our first reviewer for the 2024 season ... and it is a glowing one!
Written 1 April 2024
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Cindie Reiter
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Love this museum, it's stunning as a building, very unexpected in a small West Coast Village. It's really inspiring, I love the way that it community built and managed, so creatively laid out with loads to look at and learn. I love the way that includes local history and artists and designers. The shop is great and the coffee shop is a great place to stop for a while. Highly recommended.
Written 20 January 2024
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such lovely review - hope you can call again soon!
Written 16 February 2024
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Vacationer78603
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Lovely museum, lovely people, lovely food! a great experience, we will return next time we visit the area.
Written 3 November 2023
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Thank you!
Written 16 February 2024
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cbftiger
Norwich, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Interesting museum with just enough reading/information and plenty of objects to look at. Helpful staff who were very interested in the reason for our trip to the area. Lovely cafe with amazing view!
Written 2 October 2023
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Thank you -hope you can call again soon!
Written 16 February 2024
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Emily
London, UK407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Good Museum, quite a lot to see taking you through the history of the area.
Can take a good couple of hours if read everything.
Good video as well to provide some local stories, and some interactive exhibit for the children.
Café was open but no GF food options.
Followed the archaeological trail afterward - very interesting and great views, but very muddy!
Written 26 September 2023
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Thanks Emily - really glad you enjoyed your visit - sorry to hear there were no GF options in the cafe when you visited. We normally have a range of baking and GF bread for savoury options, but perhaps on this occasion it had all gone! Sorry to disappoint!
Written 29 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ChrisB
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Last visited in 2012 before the museum opened in its new setting (in 2019) of a repurposed Cold War Nuclear bunker. The displays are thoughtfully set out and very interesting. I particularly enjoyed the 25 minute film about the local area and how it has changed over time. The museum is well worth a visit, and its cafe (Am Bard Cafe) upstairs has the best soup with cheese and seaweed scone in the area! Sin sibh fhein!
Written 26 September 2023
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Thank you Chrissy - glad you enjoyed your visit. Call again soon!
Written 29 September 2023
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sonski
Birmingham, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Fabulous little Museum, not at the location shown on Google Maps however, it is a five minute walk further down the road past the shops.

Friendly and helpful staff on hand to answer any questions.
The café was fabulous. We were welcomed in by the delicious smells of home cooking and two very friendly ladies. It was lovely to get the personal touch here and homemade food is not something you see very often these days. The place has a community feel and interaction with staff really makes the visit special! Thank you Fabulous!
Written 26 September 2023
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Thanks so much Sonia - glad you had such a positive experience - as for Google Maps, grrrrrrr! We keep thinking we've corrected the address and resolved this issue (a lot of people using Sat Nav report being taken to the wrong location) so some server some where must STILL have our old address. Really appreciate you flagging it up, we will endeavour to get to the bottom of it!
Written 29 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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