We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Dunbeath Heritage Centre Old School, Dunbeath KW6 6ED, Scotland
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 17 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 9
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
An Old School Building given a new lease of life and a Harbour Development too

Wild and windswept Dunbeath has a huge history and it isn't all peaches and cream! This part of Scotland saw clearances and strife against the weather elements over the past... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2016
Tim M
,
Portree, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

17 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 15: English reviews
Portree, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
89 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016

Wild and windswept Dunbeath has a huge history and it isn't all peaches and cream! This part of Scotland saw clearances and strife against the weather elements over the past centuries. Some of this is recounted in this small tribute to the areas human past. Many local inhabitants have donated memorabilia which is well presented. If the mystery of the... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Tim M
New Westminster, Canada
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2015

I cannot thank the curator at the Dunbeath museum enough for the assistance I received in tracing my family roots in Dunbeath!! As it turns out the museum is housed in the school house that my grandmother would have attended. Lots of interesting history of the area and lots of archives for finding your roots await you if you visit... More 

Helpful?
4 Thank getawaygirl109
london
Level Contributor
51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2015

My mother was born in Dunbeath and we decided to make it a stop on our tour of Northern Scotland. Having identified the opening times the previous evening we arrived 5 minutes before the official opening time, and finding the doors already open we went in and started looking at the photographs on the wall only to be told very... More 

Helpful?
Thank escargo2k
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015

Only stopped by briefly in the course of a walk, and didn't get to see it properly, but I reckon it's worth going just for the art installations (by Tim Chalk, Alexander Hamilton and others) and for the bookshop, which stocks the complete works of Neil M Gunn and a really good range of titles on Caithness archaeology and landscape.... More 

Helpful?
Thank Gwandryas
Lancashire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
87 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2015

Closed on Sundays. Guide books say open all week. A leaflet stuck in the window of the centre stated it was open all week. But no. A tourist attraction shut on a Sunday? I thought this kind of Scotland faded away in the 1960s. Still, it made it all a bit Neil Gunnish. "He searched for the origins of his... More 

Helpful?
Thank PolScot
Castro Valley, California
Level Contributor
37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

This was a great little center and gave you a great history using a map of the area drawn on the floor so you follow the path. This center is small but you get a good idea of the history of the area and people. j

Helpful?
3 Thank Jacqueline H
Leeds
Level Contributor
84 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2015

Oh that every community had such a facility. This really is a very good visitor centre which combines excellent local artwork, history, geology and good books. Mrs Gunn, the custodian we spoke to was very knowledgeable and took the time to talk to us about this village and its history. Her love of the place and her dedication to making... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank darkisle
Glenrothes, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
143 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2014

This is a small but very interesting visitor centre which is full of interesting historical facts about the surrounding area. What a good ideaa to use the old school building to house it. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and made us very welcome. a good visit

Helpful?
2 Thank Charles H
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
136 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

The Dunbeath Heritage Centre remains the best source for historical information about Caithness and Sutherland that I have come across yet. Neil MacLeod the curator at the centre has a wealth of knowledge and is only too happy to assist. My wife and I also had the pleasure of meeting Nan and George Bethune who were inspirational in establishing the... More 

Helpful?
3 Thank Ruwan_Uduwerage
Bathgate, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
255 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2014

A very interesting place with helpful and friendly staff, would recommend it for a visit. Liked all the information on Neil Gunn who was from the area. Great views too.

Helpful?
Thank Purplehazze

Travellers who viewed Dunbeath Heritage Centre also viewed

Dunbeath, Caithness and Sutherland
Whaligoe, Caithness and Sutherland
 
Dunbeath, Caithness and Sutherland
Wick, Caithness and Sutherland
 

Been to Dunbeath Heritage Centre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Dunbeath Heritage Centre staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?