By Gabbi Armstrong
Communications Project Manager for the North Coast 500
Published: 29th May 2018

History can be fun!

The North Highlands are steeped in history, and with a selection of visitor attractions and experiences along the North Coast 500 route which help to bring this fascinating heritage to life, don’t miss the chance to learn more about days gone by while you’re enjoying today. In this section, we’ll take a step back in time to show just how much fun history can be!

Visit Caithness Horizons Museum and Art Gallery

This impressive indoor county history museum in Thurso is home to a wide range of archaeological and botanical artefacts, as well as a gift shop and on-site café. Occupying the former Thurso Town Hall, Caithness Horizons is a much-loved landmark on the town’s horizon, providing a wealth of information and exhibitions relating to natural sciences, photography, fine art, agriculture, and much more.

Photo: Caithness Horizons, control desk

Dress up as a Viking

As you explore the villages off the east coast,  visit the 5 star History Links Museum in Dornoch. Explore the children’s room – heat up their brain cells with puzzles and quizzes. The answers can be found throughout the museum. Build a model of the cathedral and solve the Royal Dornoch Golf Club puzzle. Children can display their own collection of items in their children room cabinet (if you have a collection, speak to a member of staff). Your children can even dress up as vikings and have their photographs taken.

Photo: Dornoch History Links Museum, dress up like a viking

Crafts for kids

Mapping the past, the present and the future, Timespan in Helmsdale is Sutherland’s only public contemporary art gallery, as well as serving as a cultural hub for creative development. The centre works with researchers and artists to preserve the culture of the North Highlands and promote the area’s vibrant art scene. The museum and art centre encourages young children to get creative, with a range of activities suitable for all ages.

Timespan, Helmsdale

Step back in time at Groam House Museum

To learn more about Pictish times in Scotland, visit Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie, home to an impressive collection of Pictish carved stones, dating back more than 1,200 years. The museum always has activities for children, so it’s ideal if you’re travelling as a family.

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