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Tarbat Discovery Centre

Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack IV20 1YA, Scotland
+44 1862 871351
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Dunrobin Castle and the Pictish Trail 8 Seater Bus Tour from Inverness
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At the centre of Scotland’s only Pictish Monastic National Monument, the Museum at Tarbat unravels some of the mysteries of the Picts, explaining through its award winning archaeology programme fascinating details about these enigmatic people and their way of life on this intensely historic peninsula. ‘A’ Listed Tarbat Old Parish Church, home to the Discovery Centre, is in itself an historic timeline of six churches that have stood on this site with the remains of part of the crypt dating from as early as the 8th century. On display, beautiful sculpture and craft-working objects, architectural features, local exhibitions, photo archives and detailed interpretation provide the contents of our Museum – ‘a real gem of history well worth the visit.'
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  • Very good15%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
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“old church” (8 reviews)
“great museum” (4 reviews)
“cup of coffee” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack IV20 1YA, Scotland
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+44 1862 871351
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

...in the village church I didn't really expect to find a museum of this magnitude. We expected to spend half an hour here, not having to be rushed out by my wife 3 hours later - so much interesting information spanning almost 2 millennia -...More

Thank Dave N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had no idea that such a museum existed or that so much was known about Pictish history. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank smudge0806
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome Museum with lots of interesting things to look at! Great way to explore the heritage of the area

Thank Tor D
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

We've played at the golf course that's next to the Discovery Centre several times, but never taken the time to visit it. What a mistake! This museum is really interesting and well laid out. The exhibits on Pictish history of the area are informative and...More

2  Thank Bob J
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Great museum. All about the Picts and a great price for the amount of material you are given. Very fascinating. Would definitely recommend.

1  Thank Mark K
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Most folk know very little about our ancestors the Picts and this excellent museum helped to educate us and inspire is to seek out the other sites nearby. I recommend the standing stone above Shandwick encased in its clear enclosure.

1  Thank skelghyl
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

An exceptionally good visit today to the Tarbat Discovery Centre. A group of 21 of us - members of the Norfolk & Norwich Archaeological Society - had a wonderful time finding out about Portmahomack and its astonishing archaeology. The rich diversity of finds from excavations...More

3  Thank brian28ayers
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Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

An unexpected treat exploring a back road. Very good centre and even if closed the boards and audio interpretation are first class.

1  Thank Viewlander
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

When we got to the Discovery Centre we first of all thought that it might be a bit of a let down but how wrong we were, once you have entered the old church you immediately see that there is so much history to be...More

1  Thank Michael L
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

And much still to be learned. Well worth the journey A good starting point for a day trip I'll post more latet

1  Thank BloodyLegion
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Nicolak1976
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Response from mikeforney | Reviewed this property |
I would think so. They are very accomodating
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