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Standing Stones in Calanais

Na'm b'e 'n diugh an dè- 'if only today were yesterday' is the Gaelic version of this often-expressed universal sentiment. Turning the clock back is beyond us but you can get a flavour of Scotland's Gaelic past at a number of different visitor centres throughout the Highlands and Islands. Check some of them out and begin your exploration of our fascinating and often turbulent history.

  • Visitor Centres
  • Seallam Visitor Centre Seallam in Harris provides exhibition facilities to suit all degrees of interest, with a main static exhibition for the first-time visitor and changing displays for the many return visitors.
  • Aros Experience, Portree Aros Cultural Centre's website, which offers mail order service supplying books, CDs and videos.
  • Calanais Visitor Centre, Lewis This centre is adjacent to the famous Callanish Stones in the Isle of Lewis. The centre, built in a traditional style, promotes a greater understanding of the monument.
  • Clan Cameron Museum In a refurbished stone cottage this museum has been visited by clansfolk from all over the world and by many people interested in the history of the Highlands and the Jacobite cause.
  • Timespan, Helmsdale Timespan is an arts and heritage centre that tells the history of Helmsdale and its surrounding area in Sutherland, north east Scotland. Enter this site to learn more about the centre and the fascinating history of this area
  • Gearrannan Village This is the site for Gearrannan, a village of thatched cottages in Lewis. Groups and individuals have the opportunity in the village to experience traditional rural activities, learn about the rich history of the area, work, relax and socialise.
  • Gairloch Heritage Museum The site for Gairloch Heritage Museum. It is housed in a complex of old farm buildings and is a record of life in the area from pre-history to the present day. The museum was established in 1977 by the local heritage society
  • Cromarty Courthouse Museum The website of Cromarty Courthouse which is a registered museum and has gained over a dozen awards, including Scottish Museum of the Year.
  • Kilmartin House Museum The site for Kilmartin House which is a world-class centre for archaeology and landscape interpretation combining a Museum of Ancient Culture and new research facility with a unique and vibrant visitor centre.
  • Mallaig Heritage Centre Home Page This is the site for the Heritage Centre which houses a range of displays and exhibits telling the story of the districts of Knoydart, Morar and Arisaig - an area nown in the Gaelic language as "Na Garbh Chriochan" or the Rough Bounds
  • Taigh Arainn Centre This website provides information on the development of the Taigh Arainn Centre on the Isle of Arran.
  • The Highland Folk Museum The site for the Highland Folk Museum, Kingussie and Newtonmore, where in the World of the Highlander - to see, touch, smell and feel the atmosphere as you walk through the material remains of 400 years of Highland life from clansman to crofter.
  • Isle of Barra Heritage Centre The website of the Historical Society of Barra and Vatersay which has a new custom-built Heritage Centre in Castlebay. It holds two exhibitions per year during its main public opening period from April to September.
  • Armadale Castle Gardens and Museum of the Isles Armadale Castle Gardens and Museum of the Isles is set in a 20,000 acre estate in Skye. Among its attractions are a museum, study centre and nature trails.
  • Skye Museum of Island Life Reconstruction of life in a Gaelic-speaking community in days gone by, plus extensive collection of documents and photographs. Gaelic spoken.
  • Seallam! Visitor Centre, Isle of Harris here is a chance to get to know some of the factors which have had an influence on the development of the various Island communities, while for the more serious student there is a vast
  • The Clan Donald Centre
  • Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre
  • Rubha Phoil Permaculture Centre, Isle of Skye Experiment in new directions for crofting, forestry and wildlife conservation. Forest garden, organic cultivation and woodland walk on beautiful headland very close to Armadale ferry terminal. Educational resource for all ages. Supported by Scottish Natural Heritage and the Crofters Commission.
  • Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway & Benbecula This was established in 1983 by Comhairle nan Eilean to provide a professional museum service for the Western Isles. Its Stornoway museum opened in 1984 a few years later it expanded its service to the area's southern islands.
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