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Strathnaver Museum undertakes many projects. Some are linked to the Clan Mackay and Museum and Galleries others are to raise awareness and increase knowledge of the Museum. All are fun days and result in new exhibitions and assets. Invite people to participate and add to the wealth resources we have at Strathnaver.

Recent News

Celebrating the life and times of the bawdy bard of Mackay Country

April 26, 2018

An exciting programme of heritage events are taking shape across Mackay Country in north west Sutherland which celebrate 18th century Gaelic bard Rob Donn Mackay. Led by the Mackay Country Community Trust and Strathnaver Museum the local community are producing a range of material exploring the life and work of Rob Donn. During May a […]

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Vikings, Picts and Brochs in Strathnaver

March 30, 2018

By Jim A Johnston Strathnaver Museum in Bettyhill is widely known as the museum of the Sutherland Clearances and that huge event two centuries ago, with ramifications to the present day, certainly features significantly in the Museum’s origins and exhibits.  However, the valley of Strathnaver and the wider province to which the valley once gave […]

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Book drop-off at cemetery no grave mistake

December 1, 2017

By Jim A Johnston Thursday, yet another wild and blustery day, was a busy and exciting one for Strathnaver Museum with the arrival of 4,000 copies of Tales of the North Coast by Alan Temperley and the pupils of Farr Secondary School which has just been reprinted by the Museum in association with Bettyhill, Strathnaver […]

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Strathnaver Museum needs your support to secure vital funding

November 10, 2017

Strathnaver Museum which tells the story of north west Sutherland and Clan Mackay is calling for the support of the local community to help win funding as part of the Aviva Community Fund 2017. Strathnaver Museum is relying on votes to increase their chances of winning funding of up to £21,808 in the Community Support […]

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Celebrating the Gaelic Bard Rob Donn Mackay

October 27, 2017

By Jim A. Johnston Increasing interest in the Mackay Country Trust’s Rob Donn project was clearly demonstrated at Strathnaver Museum last week with the arrival of a camera crew from BBC Alba to gather information for an item subsequently broadcast on the Gaelic news programme, An La.  Rob Donn Mackay, an 18th Century herdsman and […]

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New Highland Trail to celebrate Gaelic bard Rob Donn

August 31, 2017

Mackay Country Community Trust Ltd are pleased to announce that a project team has been appointed for the Rob Donn Trail project, Trailing Donn. Trailing Donn is part of an 18 month celebration of the life and work of Gaelic bard Rob Donn (pronounced down) called Donn Country. Led by the Mackay Country Community Trust […]

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Threading Donn: stitching the Gaelic bard

July 4, 2017

The partnership behind Donn Country, a two-year programme to celebrate the life and times of renowned Gaelic bard Rob Donn (pronounced down), has launched an exciting community wall-hanging project called Threading Donn. Last Saturday Threading Donn participants meet in Durness to discuss the creation of the special wall-hanging commemorating the Gaelic bard. The project received […]

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Threading Donn: Mackay Country community to create unique wall-hanging

May 16, 2017

As part of a two-year programme to celebrate the life and times of renowned Gaelic bard Rob Donn, Strathnaver Museum has been awarded £5,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Stories, Stones and Bones programme, to create a community created wall hanging. Working in association with the Mackay Country Community Trust the project team will […]

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The Mystery of the missing trousers

April 25, 2017

The Mackay Country Trust and Strathnaver Museum are embarking on an exciting art project to raise the profile of renowned Gaelic bard Rob Donn. The project will engage 8 diverse artists working in a range of media to celebrate the life and times of this talented poet. The artists involved are ceramicist Lotte Glob, artist-blacksmith […]

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Retiral of longstanding volunteer

April 10, 2017

  By Jim A. Johnston Strathnaver Museum, located in the former Church of St Columba in Clachan Cemetery, Bettyhill, has relied heavily since its inception on the work of volunteers and has had many long serving and dedicated unpaid assistants during that time.  These include Elliot Rudie, of Arken, Bettyhill who, having started his volunteering […]

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