Visitor Centres & Attractions
Local information and visitor centres include family fun at the Landmark Centre and the Rothiemurchus and Cairngorm centres which offer environmental and historical information about the Highlands.
A visitor centre at Drumnadrochit documents Nessie’s story and the new acclaimed Grantown Museum tells all about the history and development of the Highland town.
We have listed below some attractions, exhibitions and museums which you may find useful:
OFFICIAL LOCH NESS EXHIBITION
World famous Loch Ness story experience. Feel as if you are in Loch Ness and experience all the underwater activity you can’t see by looking at the Loch. New displays now available to view by the public. Organised by Loch Ness 2000.
Loch Ness 2000 – Official Loch Ness Exhibition Centre
tel: +44 (0) 1456 450573
FOREST ENTERPRISE NATURE EVENTS
Guided walks, talks and events throughout the year including pine marten watch, wildlife watch and walk, Ben Tee hill walk and Glengarry native pinewoods walk. All free of charge.
tel: +44 (0) 1397 702184
BOATH HOUSE ART GALLERY
Continually changing exhibition of contemporary Scottish art, paintings, textiles, silverware and ceramics.
Boath House Art Gallery, Auldearn
tel: +44 (0) 1667 454896
Continuous and changing exhibition of the best of professional Scottish arts – sculpture, painting and jewellery. Open Monday to Saturday.
Studio 4, Shore Road
tel: +44 (0) 1770 600919
Large paintings of Highland landscapes in pure watercolours by Rip Fleming; oils and sculptures, including portraits, by Evelyn Peffers and etchings by Paul Fleming.
Balnoster Studio, Ardcharnich
tel: +44 (0) 1854 655221
HARBOUR VIEW GALLERY
Exhibition of contemporary landscapes and seascapes in watercolour by Anthony J Barber. Prints and artists’ cards also available. Open Monday to Saturday.
Harbour View Gallery, Harbour View
tel: +44 (0) 1851 810735
FYNE STUDIOS AND GALLERY
On-going exhibition of latest work in watercolour, oils and acrylic by Don McNeil and Jean Bell, two Scottish artists with international reputation. Please telephone for opening times.
Fyne Studios & Gallery, Newton
tel: +44 (0) 1369 860379
AITON FINE ARTS GALLERY
Small family run gallery showing a wide range of traditional paintings and prints by Scottish-based artists. Picture framing and restoration service also available. Open Monday to Saturday.
Aiton Fine Arts, 63 King Street
tel: +44 (0) 1764 655423
ACHINS GALLERY AND BOOKSHOP
Changing exhibition of works by local artists in all media. Open Easter to October, Monday to Sunday and during winter months Monday to Saturday.
Achins Bookshop and Gallery, Inverkirkaig
tel: +44 (0) 1571 844262
THE LOST GALLERY
Exhibition of contemporary art.
The Lost Gallery, Aldachuie
tel: +44 (0) 1975 651287
ORQUIL OPEN STUDIO
This is a working studio with a gallery space. It is open throughout the year by appointment, although visitors can take a chance and call in at weekends and school holidays.
Orquil Studio, Gorseness Road
tel: +44 (0) 1856 751321
THE HOUSE OF MENZIES
A unique collection of contemporary Scottish art, silver, ceramics and pottery. Licenced cafe. Open Wednesday-Sunday during winter months and Monday-Sunday from 1 April.
The House of Menzies, Castle Menzies Farm
tel: +44 (0) 1887 829666
THE GLENLYON GALLERY
A unique Scottish gallery featuring exclusively the work of renowned artist Alan B Hayman. Original paintings, limited edition prints and sculpture all by Alan B Hayman. Open Thursday to Tuesday.
The Glenlyon Gallery, Bridge of Balgie, Glenlyon
tel: +44 (0) 1887 866260
CALGARY ART IN NATURE
Newly installed sculpture by Alicia Hendrick as part of Calgary Art in Nature woodland walk leading up from Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull.
tel: +44 (0) 1688 400256
Exhibtion of paintings of local scenes, birds, boats, still life and abstracts. Open Tuesday to Saturday.
The Lantern Gallery, 18 South Guildry Street
tel: +44 (0) 1343 546864
Workshop and gallery. Specialists in both wood fired and salt glazed ceramics. Work in progress may by seen. Winter opening times: Monday to Friday. Summer opening times (week before Easter) Monday to Sunday.
tel: +44 (0) 1470 582 234
STRATHCARRON STUDIO AND GALLERY
Stained glass sun catchers, mirrors, lamps etc. Paintings with beeswax landscapes, waterscapes, fantasies and abstract.
Strathcarron Workshop, 2 Railway Cottages
tel: +44 (0) 1520 722314
A crafts co-operative specialising in high quality knitwear and crafts. Above the shop is The Loft Gallery, showing works by local artists. Open Monday to Saturday.
The Workshop, Front Road
tel: +44 (0) 1856 831587
SUTHERLAND CRAFT GROUP CLUB
Weekly from 2 January to 1 January
A friendly get-together. Chat, cuppa and some craft work. Swap ideas, help each other, learn new skills. New members welcome. A wide variety of crafts are done within the group. Organised by Sutherland Crafts Group. Every Wednesday .
Brora Community Centre
tel: +44 (0) 1408 621404
ELGIN WRITERS’ GROUP
For beginners and professionals. Meetings cover short stories, articles, poetry, information on publishing and everything concerning writing. Meetings are twice a month. Please telephone for details.
Elgin Library, Cooper Park
tel: +44 (0) 1542 834997