The Museum in the formal Castle grounds provides a further fascinating distraction.
Originally built as a summer house by William, Earl of Sutherland, it was extended by the 3rd Duke. The museum displays the heads of numerous animals shot by the family on safari, ethnographic items collected from around the world (particularly Africa), and an important collection of archaeological relics.
Notable among these are the collection of Pictish symbols stones and cross-slabs, These Pictish Stones form a very important collection, giving an opportunity to study the devices carved on stones 1,500 years ago. There is also a section on geology, gold panning at Kildonan, and the coal mine at Brora.
The museum retains its Victorian-early 20th century arrangement, making it one of the most remarkable private collections in the British Isles.
Opening Times for the museum:
11.00am to 4.00pm daily
Apart from when castle opens at 12.00am