Tarbat Discovery Centre, Portmahomack

Housed in the refurbished Tarbat Old Parish Church,Tarbat Discovery Centre is a museum, learning and activity centre dedicated to displaying and preserving the heritage of the Tarbat peninsula. It is the site of the only fully excavated Pictish monastic settlement in Scotland to date, now a National Monument.

The Centre displays many of the artefacts uncovered during the extensive archaeological investigations of the site along with local exhibitions, parish records, photographic archives and more.
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  • Due to COVID, the museum is open by appointment only, which actually worked really well, it meant a whole museum to yourself! There are just so many artefacts on display, Pictish stones galore and...  more »
  • Brilliant and very much worth a visit. It highlights the history of the area and gives you a wealth of information about this part of Scotland.  more »
  • Great little museum with lots to see and understand. Volunteer Jim brought the history alive telling us interesting facts inside and about the graves outside. It was fascinating and learnt more for...  more »
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  • Excellent, clear explanation of important information. Good Introductory video and varied displays which cover a variety of topics from land use, art/sculpture, ecclesiastical and domestic concerns. Also covers more recent history such as introduction of compulsory schooling and evacuation in 1943. A thoroughly enjoyable visit.
  • A really interesting site. There again folks going there must know that already as it's off the beaten track so going there must be a planned visit. If, perchance, you are a 'casual visitor' who is either navigationally challenged or on a magical mystery tour then I am sure you too will enjoy it. I found the history and stories described there - ancient all the way to modern days - to be well presented and really interesting. Let me know how you found it.
  • This Museum is on a par with anything the Big Cities have to offer and more. A Wonderful experience with real atmosphere that illuminates our Scottish past. Out of the way but well worth the detour.
  • Really pleased we were able to finally get here. What a breathtaking collection of ancient art and craft. A window into the age of the Picts which is otherwise impossible to see.
  • Well worth a visit. Relaxing and beautiful setting with such an interesting story behind it dating back to the picts. Love it.

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