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 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.
Each year the Museum puts on a packed programme of events around a specific theme. This year they are working with the traditional music group Fèis air an Oir to explore the impact of World War One through music, particularly the role of pipe music. Why not pop along and see their new exhibition exploring the story of Alick Mackay from Melness who was a piper with Lovat's Scouts during the Great War.
Please contact Strathnaver Museum via the links below for more information and details about upcoming events.
Monday-Saturday 10:00 to 17:00
1st April to 31st October
Student/Family groups 6+: £1 each
Children 5+: 50p each
Children under 5: FREE
Tel: 01641 521418