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Open Easter to October 2018

Museum of the Isles


Discover the history of the Highlands and Islands through the story of Clan Donald, its most powerful clan, at our award-winning Museum. Once through the gatehouse, take the first left off of Lord Macdonald’s Drive, then proceed all the way to the top of the gardens. The Museum is situated there.

Six interconnecting galleries, each with their own theme, take you through 1500 years of the history and culture of the area once known as the Kingdom of the Isles. The Macdonalds – or Clan Donald – were the Lords of the Isles and sit at the heart of the history of Gaeldom and our Museum follows their story and that of the Highlands.

A seventh gallery hosts an exhibition that changes each year.

Audio guides in several languages and for the visually impaired are available. Young visitors can enjoy exploring the Museum with our children’s trails. During the school holidays the Museum runs family activities – see the events and news sections for further details.

There is a lot to see, so allow yourself enough time. Most of our visitors spend between 45 minutes and 1 hour in the Museum. You will need more time if you are researching your ancestors and planning to use the genealogical resources in the library, which is housed in the Museum.

Find out more in the Heritage section.

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