Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre remains closed to the public however we are working hard planning and preparing for the gradual return of our staff and customers. This will happen in a phased way from early September 2020. This means that you will notice different procedures in place when you visit, all of which are designed firmly with safety in mind – our key priority being the safety of all those using our buildings.
For updates on our re-opening plans and new procedures, you can go to our updates page.
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!