Royal Visit to Gairloch

Princess Royal opens new museum in Gairloch

HRH The Princess Royal visited Gairloch last month to officially open the new Gairloch Museum which is soon to be the new home of West Highland College UHI in Gairloch.  Housed in a former cold war bunker, the museum gives visitors an insight into the unique natural history and cultural heritage of the Gairloch area from the making of mountains to the modern day.  The college will be relocating to the Museum in  September this year in what will be a bigger and purpose built space for our local students.

The Princess Royal was introduced to College Centre Manager Susan MacLean and Principal Lydia Rohmer as part of the visit.

The new museum, which lies on the North Coast 500 route, will be a landmark attraction for Wester Ross.  Two floors of displays are housed within the building, as well as a shop selling a specialist range of books and CDs of local interest and crafts by local makers.  A café bistro will open for the 2020 visitor season. 

Chairman of Gairloch Heritage Museum Mr Roy Macintyre said “We are honoured to receive a visit from the Princess Royal to officially open our new building.  This community achievement has involved a monumental amount of voluntary effort and we are delighted to see the community out in force today to welcome Her Royal Highness and support the museum.  We look forward to a successful visitor season and to future collaborations with our tenants West Highland College UHI”.

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