Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Tasglann an Eilein Sgitheanaich & Loch Aillse

We are pleased to announce that Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre will be reopening to the public for booked visits from the 27th of April.

For more information on booking and what to expect when you visit, see our latest update.

As part of the Highland Archive Service, the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre in Portree is responsible for archives relating to Skye and Lochalsh.  The records date from the 17th century to the present, and are strongest from the mid-19th century.  You can find out more about our collections here.  The Archive Centre also cares for an extensive collection of local photographs, some of which are available for purchase.  You can view a selection on the Am Baile website.

Whether your interest is local or family history, or you have a spare hour to browse our changing exhibitions, there is something to appeal to everyone.

Please feel free to drop in – staff are always on hand to assist you with your research.


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Current Exhibition: Catriona and Mairead Macdonald Collection

Our new exhibition is now available at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre in Portree during our opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday, from 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. Visitors to the Exhibition and Archives will now be asked to book by email or phone before visiting – as always, entry to the Archive will be free with donations welcome. We also have new social distancing and safety measures in place.

A new exhibition revisiting the work of sisters Catriona and Mairead Macdonald, artists born in Karachi to Skye parents in the 1920s. The exhibition will include original material and prints from this exciting collection.   Although they travelled extensively throughout the world, the Macdonald family retained their native Gaelic and links with Skye relatives.  This multicultural flavour is reflected in the sisters’ work, which includes Gaelic cartoons, wallpaper designs, textiles and ceramic studies.

We look forward to seeing you there!






Upcoming ActivitiesMore

Mon - Closed
Tue - 10:00 -13:00; 14:00 - 17:00
Wed - Closed
Thur - 10:00 -13:00; 14:00 - 17:00
Fri - Closed
Sat - Closed
Sun - Closed
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