Welcome to Glengarry Heritage Centre
Glengarry Community Hall
Tel: 01809 501424 or 01809 501421 (6 - 9pm)
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GLENGARRY HERITAGE CENTRE
The Glengarry Visitor Centre Association was formed in 1998 to explore and preserve the rich local history of this glen and to provide a connection with the many clansmen who left their native lands for a new life in Glengarry County, Canada and other places around the world. The Visitor Centre was opened in 1999 in a wooden shed next to the Invergarry Hotel and also served as an information point for the many visitors and walkers who come to Glengarry to enjoy the outstanding beauty and natural history of the forest, the lochs and the hills.
The Visitor Centre housed a permanent exhibition telling the story of the glen in three themes – the MacDonells of Glengarry, the emigrations to Glengarry County, Canada and the Ellice family as Victorian landlords after the MacDonells left. We also began to build up a collection of other stories, photographs and documents from local people, former residents and Glengarry contacts worldwide.
The new Centre, the Glengarry Heritage Centre, now has a dedicated room in the Glengarry Community Hall, opened in May 2006. The aim is to encourage an expanding archive of local history, continue to welcome visitors with Glengarry links and also to offer a service to those in search of their ‘roots’.
Glengarry Heritage Centre is a charitable association run entirely by local volunteers. At present, it is open from Easter to October on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, but is accessible at other times throughout the year by appointment and for local people. Admission is free. We now also have a small reference library, local census records and facilties for scanning and printing photos and pictures from our collection. Researchers from home or abroad are very welcome.
The Glengarry Community Hall can be found approximately one mile from Invergarry on the main A87 road to Kyle of Lochalsh.
FINDING GLENGARRY CONNECTIONS
We are very happy to provide as much information as we can for people looking for ancestral connections to the glen, particularly if there is evidence of place names, and we now have local census records (1841 to 1901) which can be consulted. For further information we would advise contactingAlastair McLeod, genealogist at the Inverness Reference Library, Invernessor Margaret Macdonald, Archivist, at the Study Centre, Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye. www.clandonald.com
The following is just a selection of accommodation available in the area.
|HOTELS||Glengarry Castle Hotel|
|SELF-CATERING||Saddle Mountain Hostel||www.saddlemountainhostel.co.uk|
|The Beeches||The Beeches|
At the Heritage Centre we also keep a list of a variety of bed and breakfast and guest houses in or near Glengarry.
The old Invergarry Store is closed but the Glengarry Filling Station has a small shop attached.
The local post office is open from 9 am to 12 pm.
For a wider selection, there is the Seven Heads Store opposite the Well of the Heads monument on Loch Oich, just two miles out of the Village.
For supermarket shopping, Fort William is 25 miles and Inverness 45 miles away.
Fort Augustus, on the Caledonian Canal, is just 7 miles away and has a good selection of shops and also a Tourist Information Centre.
Come and visit us and help keep alive the fascinating story of this Highland glen.