Archaeological Finds At Strathnaver

Archaeological Finds At Strathnaver

Situated on the north coast of Scotland in Bettyhill, the former Parish Church of Columba opened as Strathnaver Museum in 1976.

Run by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Museum’s main theme is the tragic story of the Highland Clearances. 


It is also the home of the Mackay Clan Archive and houses a collection of important artefacts from the Bronze Age to the present day, including the Chealamy Beaker which was found locally.

Partner, Catriona Hill, has been working closely with the volunteer group for a number of years, as they have navigated the funding process to deliver a full refurbishment of the Museum and the creation of a new build annex.  

The community group successfully raised in excess of £1.7m to undertake the project, and we are delighted to announce that thanks to the efforts of a talented and enthusiastic project team, we now have our building warrant and are due to start on site in Autumn 2021.

As part of the discharge of the planning conditions, the team from AOC Archaeology have just completed the preconstruction site investigation. As Architects, the archaeologist’s report is always something that we open with a mixture of trepidation and excitement.  In this case Mary Peteranna and her team at AOC have unearthed a surprising range of relics, some of which may well end up in the museum. The range of finds, including a beautiful bronze pin brooch believed to be early ecclesiastical, demonstrate the site has been in continual occupation since the late Iron Age.  The AOC team have now given us the all-clear to proceed and we are delighted that the Strathnaver team are one step closer to realising their new Museum.