Due to the ongoing situation in the UK with COVID-19, the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre is closed to the public until further notice.
We will endeavour to answer email enquiries to the best of our ability, however as we will have limited access to documents this may not be possible.
We will also be working with our partners across Highland including The Highland Council to provide support to our communities where it is needed most. Thank you for your understanding.
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.
Current Exhibition: ‘Over the Sea to Skye: A History of Tourism in Skye and Lochalsh’.
Our new exhibition is now available at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre in Portree during our usual opening hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, from 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. There is no charge to access the exhibition.
The exhibition considers some of the early visitors to Skye and Lochalsh and examines the topics of travel, accommodation, myths and legends, castles and clans, popular events such as Highland Games and Skye Week, and the evolution of the tourism industry in general. There is also an opportunity to view archival film footage of the area, including family holiday footage as well as promotional films. We look forward to seeing you there!