Just a short walk from the white sandy beach at Farr Bay you will find a hidden gem of a Museum housed in the former parish church of St Columba.
Laid out within its unassuming walls is a treasure trove of unusual objects and gripping stories all presented by a friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteer staff.
Serving Mackay Country the Museum is also home to a wonderful collection of Mackay memorabilia belonging to the Clan Mackay Society, making it a must see for anyone of Mackay descent or interested in Clan Mackay.
Located in the ancient province of Strathnaver, scene of some of the most brutal acts of the Highland Clearances, it is unsurprising that this is the main story told by the Museum. In fact it was from the very pulpit which dominates the centre of the Museum that the Rev. David Mackenzie was obliged to read out the eviction notices to his congregation.
The building's association with the Highland Clearances did not end in 1819, as it was within the church that the Napier Commission heard evidence from the people of north Sutherland in 1883. The Napier Commission resulted in significant improvements to the lives of crofters and other small tenants.
This year is a very significant year in the story of the Highland Clearances as we mark the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Clearances in Strathnaver. As a result the Strathnaver Museum has organised a series of very special events to mark the bicentenary.
The main programme of events will take place between July 25 and August 11 and include:
• A traditional ceilidh on July 26
• Gaelic church service on July 27
• 'Gaelic in the Environment' workshop on July 29
• Family history workshop with Highland Archive Centre, July 31 - August 1
• Highland Council Ranger kids event on August 5
• Dr Elizabeth Ritchie 'Why did the Clearances happen?', date TBC
• A spinning workshop, date TBC
• and lots more TBC
Please contact Strathnaver Museum via the links below for more information.
Monday-Saturday 10:00 to 17:00
April to October
Student/Family groups 6+: £1 each
Children 5+: 50p each
Children under 5: FREE
Tel: 01641 521 418