Gairloch Museum
Gairloch Museum
4.5
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 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.
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Vacationer78603
2 contributions
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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cbftiger
Norwich, UK37 contributions
Sep 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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Emily
London, UK368 contributions
Sep 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
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ChrisB
13 contributions
Sep 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
Sep 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
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Joan2857
Kirkcaldy, UK35 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
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
Written 10 September 2023
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Thanks Joan - hope you can call in again soon!
Written 29 September 2023
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george
Bath, UK4 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Enjoyed spending some time in here on a wet day on our holiday. Very interesting and informative, they also have a cafe which we didn't actually visit but nice smells coming from it!
Written 3 September 2023
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Next time! Thanks so much!
Written 29 September 2023
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David
Edinburgh, UK79 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 2 September 2023
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Thanks David - really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. Hope you can call again soon!
Written 29 September 2023
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Daisy D
6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
The perfect activity on a stormy day! There were so many great displays and the kids loved using the hand mill, dressing up and causing an earthquake! We were there much longer than I expected... I really good museum.
Written 31 August 2023
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Thanks Daisy - glad you all enjoyed your visit!
Written 29 September 2023
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Katmb180873
Blackburn, UK16 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Very interesting local museum with lots of interesting detail about the area. Great for family history research too with Croft records freely available.
Written 24 August 2023
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Thank you!
Written 29 September 2023
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