Highland Threads 

Temporary Online Exhibition 

Highland Heritage Museums

Gairloch Museum and 13 neighbouring museums from across the Highlands are taking part in Highland Threads. The virtual exhibition showcases a treasured costume from each museum's collection alongside stories of the people who made the cloth, who wore the clothes and where they were produced.


Exploring the history of the people in the north of Scotland, the innovative online exhibition includes fascinating items; our famous Gairloch Pattern Stockings, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s jacket, a dress embellished with the elytra of the jewel beetle and a fisherman's Gansey.   


Highland Threads can be found at www.highlandthreads.co.uk and on social media via #HighlandThreads


The project is produced by Museums and Heritage Highland, a charity formed in 2019 to promote collaborative working and provide a supportive voice for the Highlands' heritage sector. A successful bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund allowed the charity to develop the exhibition.


Nicola Henderson, Museums and Heritage Highlands Digital Innovation and Network Manager said:

"The idea for Highland Threads was conceived at a Highland Heritage Cafe, a regular online meet-up for people working in heritage. We saw an opportunity to support each other while our museums struggle through temporary closure due to Covid-19 restrictions."

You can visit the virtual exhibition now and come see the Gairloch Pattern display in our gallery when we reopen.

Gairloch Pattern Socks Highland Threads Exhibition

Photo credit: Jim Dunn


Lusan nan Gàidheal ~ Flora Gadelica

by Cindie Reiter 
Solo Show: May and June 2021

Cindie Reiter has lived in the Scottish Highlands for more than 30 years and has worked primarily as a landscape artist for much of that time. She ran a small gallery, where she curated a number of exhibitions, has worked as a tutor and sells her work online and from her studio in Lochcarron. Her landscape and still life paintings have featured in exhibitions throughout the region including An Talla Dearg on Skye and a solo exhibition at Inverewe Gardens in 2019.


In 2017 Cindie attended a Botanical Workshop at Inverewe Gardens as part of an outreach project with The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and then went on to do a certificate in Botanical Illustration with The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and a new passion was born. Botanical Art engages her in an entirely new way and her studies with the RBGE have transformed her practice,  dovetailing beautifully with her love of plants and gardens.


Cindie was due to hold a number of mini exhibitions and workshops at Attadale Gardens in 2020, with friend and fellow artist Aileen Grant, but sadly these had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, she spent much of the year sketching, painting and researching, working towards this solo exhibition at Gairloch Museum.


Cindie’s exhibition at Gairloch Museum focuses on the plants, herbs and flowers of the Highlands, further fuelled by her keen interest in their Gaelic names, lore and rich culture that surrounds them. As well as her beautiful watercolours and oil paintings, a number of her sketches, notes detailing her work-in-progress will be on display.


Scotland from the Sky

Scotland from the Sky is an aerial photography exhibition that explores Scotland as you’ve never seen it before. From the dramatic coastline to the impact of industry and the changing landscape, Scotland from the Sky gives you a new perspective on the landscape you love and how we’ve shaped it.

Drawn from Historic Environment Scotland’s aerial photography collection and the Scotland from the Sky book and subsequent BBC TV show, the exhibition shares striking photos of Scotland that provide a view of Scotland that many of us wouldn’t usually get to enjoy.

Gairloch Museum, Gairloch, Ross-shire, IV21 2BH

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