Highland heritage sites share almost £2m Lottery funding

Three heritage sites in the north have won a share of £1.9million Lottery funding – providing a boost to tourism during the Covid pandemic.

The investment will help support the development of Dundreggan Rewilding Centre near Loch Ness, the Strathnaver Museum at Bettyhill and Braemar Castle.

Sitting directly on the NC500, Strathnaver Museum plays an important role in the fragile rural economy of the Bettyhill area, and has been awarded £650,000.

This is on top of £113,157 awarded earlier this week from Museum Galleries Scotland.

The museum tells the story of the Highland Clearances and the history of the Clan Mackay, but the 1750’s former church is no longer fit for purpose.

The funding will help transform the building into a modern museum, and add a new annex and layout to improve the visitor experience, and up-to-date interpretation to tell the stories of the fascinating artefacts it holds.

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