Museum & Archive

Museum Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 10am-4pm.

Admission: £2 (under 16s FREE)

We have been gathering historic artefacts from the Kinloch area since our inception in 1983. These are now on display in our museum at the Community Hub in Balallan.

We have two display rooms:

The first documents the social and domestic history of Kinloch, and depicts life as it was in the early 20th century. There is a focus on crofting, fishing, education, religion, weaving, smithing, and healthcare.

The second display room shifts focus to the two World Wars and their effect on the region, including the Iolaire disaster of 1919. Other topics explored are emigration from the region; Donald Macrae (former headmaster of Balallan School) and his part in the Pairc Deer Raid of 1887; and the Clan Mackenzie, whose rich history in the area goes back to the early seventeenth century.

Much has been gathered over the past three decades and among those artefacts, there is an impressive collection of military uniforms and militaria from the 19th century to the present day.

Work is underway to create interactive displays to help children (and adults) engage with the history and heritage of Kinloch.

If you have an item of interest relevant to the history of Kinloch that you wish to loan or donate to the museum please email:

For more information about our archives and how to access them, please click the button below.

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