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Tarbat Discovery Centre Pictish Local Heritage Museum & Gift Shop

Here we have a quick snapshot of our independent museum, a ‘local’ museum of national importance, displaying the results of several years of archaeological investigations by York and Aberdeen Universities.

The investigations revealed a centre of incredibly beautiful and intricate Pictish art, from velum making to stone carvings and superb metalwork. The displays chronicle this work and tell the story of life in an important Pictish monastery.


Our story takes us through Medieval times right up to the present day with artefacts found locally and also on loan from The National Museums of Scotland. These are all presented in a professional manner that often surprises many visitors to our ‘local’ museum.


There were times of peace and tranquility and times of extreme violence, such as when Vikings attacked the monastery or when local clans fought and slaughtered with fire and sword.


These stories are brought to life here in our museum.

Take a look around the museum...

Photograph Gallery

For many centuries, the sometimes violent history of The Fearn Peninsula and Portmahomack, was hidden by the mists of time. Then the ‘modern world’ intruded once more upon this peaceful place with the coming of two world wars.


Many young men were recruited for the British Forces, and sadly many never returned. You can see this legacy today in the many war memorials on the peninsula.


Our museum holds records of the war memorials and photographs of these times.

A quiet corner of the Highlands

The Fearn Peninsula Today