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Tarbat Discovery Centre

Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack IV20 1YA, Scotland
+44 1862 871351
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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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  • Average1%
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“old church” (8 reviews)
“great museum” (4 reviews)
“local history” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack IV20 1YA, Scotland
+44 1862 871351
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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

1  Thank Bob J
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Reviewed 3 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 A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 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
Reviewed 30 September 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
Reviewed 25 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
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
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
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

It is well worth when visiting this area to take the time to visit this charming and superbly presented centre. When visiting Portmahomack just drive up the Pictish trail and bide a while. Please visit and support the ocal effort in maintaining a very interesting...More

1  Thank David A
Reviewed 10 September 2017

We like everything in Portmahomack and this museum was another pleasant place to visit. The museum features the history of the indigenous people of the area and their culture and art. One of our friends showed us pictures of her ancestors in some photo albums...More

Reviewed 28 July 2017

Interesting piece of history from the local area, well presented with an absolutely lovely gift shop.

1  Thank Gillian D
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7 July 2017|
Response from mikeforney | Reviewed this property |
I would think so. They are very accomodating