Gairloch Heritage Museum, Gairloch


Since 1977 the Gairloch Heritage Museum has been a successful, award-winning tourist attraction but it was required to vacate its premises by 2015. The Highland Council agreed that the redundant ‘Roads Depot’ (known locally as the ‘Old Radar Station’) in Achtercairn could be sold to the Gairloch and District Heritage Company for the sum of £1 to be developed as a viable heritage and community centre. The building comprises a monolithic, blast-proof structure which was built in the early 1950s Cold War period as an A.A.O.R. (Anti-Aircraft Operations Room).


In 2011, a feasibility study completed by David Somerville Architects concluded that re-location of the Gairloch Heritage Museum to the Highland Council’s former roads depot was potentially viable, subject to the availability of funding to cover the £1m capital costs of the conversion works. In the following year, on behalf of the Gairloch and District Heritage Company, and as a contribution to a Development Project, the Trust prepared a Business Plan which would not only support this conclusion but would also enable the museum to develop its strategic role in the area, develop new activities and learning opportunities and crucially to increase its earned income, possibly through partnerships with local businesses and the community.

Design Team

Mia Scott
Emma Griffiths
Jean Ramsay Smith
Andrew Wright