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Welcome to our Site Highlights page. We have brought together all our favourite items on the site onto one page for you. The items will be changing regularly so do keep coming back to check on our latest additions

Esther Ross, Cathy Mackenzie and Hazel Mackay in fancy dress

Ullapool Museum Collection

Kessock House, Old Craigton Road, North Kessock

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Loch Kinellan, Strathpeffer

Illustrated Postcards
Here you can view a selection of Am Baile's illustrated postcards from the first half of the 20th century

Kyle of Lochalsh-Kyleakin Ferry, Skye

Transport in the Highlands
Take a look at some of the transport that has been found in the Highlands. The exhibition is also currently on show at Inverness Library.

'A Guide to Bowing' by Scott Skinner, front cover

'A Guide to Bowing' by Scott Skinner
Enjoy one of the latest additions to our Digital Library

Loch Morlich, Cairngorms

Highland Delights (1)
Browse a small selection of our Highland and Island views

Warrant of Commission (Captain) for William Picton

Sheriff James Lachlan Martin Mitchell
This interesting archive includes documents relating to early settlers in North Carolina

Lipton's shop window

Shopping in the Highlands
Here's a few images of Highland shops old and new. Exhibitions are on display in Inverness, Dingwall, Grantown on Spey and Badenoch libraries.

Alexander Grant

Alexander Grant - Inventor, Craftsman & Musician
View a selection of items from the Alexander Grant Collection

From Sea to Sea (1 of 19)

From Sea to Sea
Listen to a celebration of the history, people and landscape of the Caledonian Canal

Ogopogo and Nessie

Loch Ness Monster
Read about the many recorded sightings in the 1930s, when monster fever was at its height

'I'm ninety-four this morning'

'They call me the fisherman's lassie'
A former fisher lassie from Caithness recalls her days at the kippering

A Skye Crofter Fisherman

Isabel Grant Photographs
Dr Grant's interest in Highland life and culture shaped her writing and led to the foundation of the Highland Folk Museum

Crofters' houses

Crofting in Caithness
Listen to first-hand accounts of crofting life in Caithness

Miri Mhr nan ran: The Spinning

Miri Mhr nan ran
View a small selection of resources related to Gaeldom's famous lady

Cromarty Fisher Folk (1 of 20)

Listen to Bobby and Gordon Hogg discuss their unique 'fisher' dialect
Bobby and Gordon believe they are the last two fluent speakers of the 'Cromarty fisher dialect'

Dunvegan Castle

George Washington Wilson
View a collection of George Washington Wilson's Highland images and read his own lecture notes

Blair Atholl Houses 1 Storey Workman's Houses

Highland Railway Maps and Plans - a resource for railway enthusiasts and researchers
Browse a selection of maps and plans from our Highland Railway Society collection

Inverness Town House - Regimental Colours 3

Inverness Town House
Find out more about the many splendid works of art contained within this fine public building

Neil Gunn

Neil Gunn Writing Competition, 2007
To celebrate Highland 2007, Scotland's year of Highland Culture, the theme was 'Highland Spaces'. Read the winning entries from over 400 submissions

Royal Warrant appointing William Hooker as Lieutenant, signed by George II

Baillie of Dunain Family Papers
This collection of letters covers one hundred years (c.1760-1860) and gives an interesting insight into one of Inverness's landowning families

Emigration

Emigration to Canada
Canada has always been a popular destination for Highland emigrants. View a selection of press articles relating to Canadian emigration 1807-1849

Queen Mary's House, Bridge Street, Inverness

'An Inverness Slide Show'
Joseph Cook was a popular Inverness speaker who collected photographs on many subjects to illustrate his talks.

John Fraser, Inverness silversmith (18 of 39)

Working with silver
In this audio collection John Fraser gives a detailed account of the silversmithing techniques he learnt as an apprentice in the 1930s with Inverness jewellers, Medlock & Craik

Hugh Miller (1802-56), Scottish geologist and writer

Hugh Miller (1802-1856), Scottish geologist and writer
Enjoy a selection of Am Baile resources related to Cromarty's most famous son

Marymas Fair 2006, Inverness

Marymas Fair
View a selection of images from the 2006 Marymas Fair, a former medieval 'holy day' or holiday, revived in Inverness in 1986 and held annually ever since

Survey and Report of the Coasts and Central Highlands of Scotland, 2nd Report, 1805, map

Thomas Telford
August 2007 marks the 250th anniversary of Thomas Telford's birth. Read his original report and survey of the Highlands as commanded by the Lords of the Treasury in 1802

2007, Year of Highland Culture. Launch Event Highlights

2007, Year of Highland Culture
View some of the highlights of the Monster Street Party held in Inverness on 12 January 2007 to celebrate the start of 'Highland 2007'

Fortrose

A New Service for Schools
Take a trip to Orkney with Fortrose Academy History Club

Map of the Highlands of Scotland, 1825

Zoomable Images
Welcome to our 'Zoomable Images' page

Carrying fern

The Romantic Highlands
The Inverness-shire artist R. R. McIan (1803-1856) produced many images of the Highlands and Islands in the mid 19th century for inclusion in a variety of contemporary publications. Here we have brought together a selection

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield
Here is a selection of items relating to the battlefield

The Journey West 1 - The Treasure Cave

The Journey West
A 7 part animation series featuring treasure, fairies and a rescue

Gray baby

Nursery Rhymes
Some nursery rhymes to sing along to!

Copper Stills in a Distillery

Whisky
Ever wondered how they make whisky?

Harry Lauder at the pier in Kyle of Lochalsh

Panoramas
Browse a selection of our zoomable panoramas

PS 'Gondolier' on the Caledonian Canal

Caledonian MacBrayne
A look at some of Am Baile's pictures of boats owned by David MacBrayne. MacBrayne's company would later become Caledonian MacBrayne Hebridean and Clyde Ferries

Captain Campbell/Miss Shepherd

TMC Tutors' Collection
A few of the tunes that can be heard on this CD from the Highland Council's Traditional Music Classes

Bow Tent

Tales of a Travelling Man
A collection of stories told by Alec Williamson who was born into a Ross-shire travelling family in 1932

Croy Post Office

Croy Community Council
Croy Community Council gave Am Baile permission to display this lovely collection of photos from their own area

Gairloch Hotel manager

Your Stories
A new feature where you can tell everyone your own stories and memories

Baby Urisk

Urisks
5 cartoons about supernatural beings who live in Scottish waterfalls

Inverness Town House

Roll of Inverness Provosts
This list goes as far back as the mid 16th century. Find out how many gentlemen held this official post

Mr F.G. Fraser in academic dress

Learning resources
A collection of tailor-made resources covering a selection of topics

King Edward VII

King Edward VII
Photos of King Edward VII's visit to Glenquoich estate in 1905.

The Mull Witch

Comics
Have fun with these animated comics which retell some of the Highlands' strangest stories

Skye traveller with dog and kettle

Gordon Shennan
Through his work with the RSPCC in the Highlands, Gordon Shennan became friends with many travelling families. A selection of his photos are shown here.

Lovat Juniors

Shinty
Some of the shinty related items that can be found on Am Baile

Road Ends Sculpture - Stone Swim to Islands. Schoolchildren collecting stones for the sculpture

Stones Swim to Islands
Part of Taigh Chearsabhagh's Roadends community art project

School at the Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore

Schools' Competition 2004
View the winning entries from the Highland schools competition 2004 entitled 'A Day to Remember'

Meikle Ferry Fund, page 1

Meikle Ferry Fund
A report about the Meikle Ferry Fund which was set up to raise money for the families of those who died in the 1809 disaster

Culloden, the Cairn and Graves of the Clans

Culloden inspires creative writing
Read the latest 'Your Stories' contribution

Leanabh an igh

Duan Nollaig
Enjoy excerpts from this CD of Gaelic Christmas music released by Fiona Mackenzie, Highland Council's Miri Mhr Gaelic Song Fellow

Caledonian Canal at Tomnahurich, frozen over, 1895

Casualties of Winter
Read extracts from our Newspaper Index about the fatal consequences of heavy snowstorms in the Highlands in the 19th century

An Teallach in Winter

A Seasonal Compilation
View a selection of winter images

Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster's 'Account of Improvements', map of Caithness

Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster
'An Account of The Improvements carried on by Sir John Sinclair, Bart., on his Estates in Scotland' (1812)

Glenurquhart Past and Present: Title Page

The Glenurquhart Yearbook
Enjoy one of the latest additions to our Digital Library

Gaelic Alphabet Through Trees

Gaelic Tree Alphabet
In the spring of 2007 twenty primary schools in Ross and Cromarty took part in a Gaelic Tree Alphabet banner-making project

'Out West' (1 of 4)

Neil Gunn Writing Competition
Listen to competitors in the Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2007 read their own winning entries, recorded at the recent Ullapool Book Festival

First motorised District Nurse

The Highland's first motorised District Nurse identified
She has recently been identified by one of our users as Flora Ferguson, district nurse at Stratherrick, originally from Glendale.

London Inverness-shire Assoc. Concert Programme, front cover

Souvenir Programmes
View the most recently uploaded souvenir programme

Beinn Alligin and Loch Torridon

Literary Landscapes
Explore Am Baile's brand new feature

Old Tracks - Cross country Routes and

Cross Country Routes and 'Coffin Roads' in the North West Highlands
Enjoy one of the latest additions to our Digital Library

Ns r (New Style)

Ns r (New Style)
Listen to Gaelic and Scots entries in a new Celtic and Scots Languages Song Competition, recently held in Inverness

A Gipsy Moth over Inverness

Airports & Aircraft
View a selection of aeronautical images from the Highlands & Islands

The Woollen Trade in Wick, Front Cover

The Woollen Trade in Wick
Enjoy one of the latest additions to our Digital Library

Jim Love - Growing up in Inverness

Jim Love
Jim Love (1943-2006) was one of the Highlands' most respected journalists. He joined the 'Inverness Courier' in 1988, becoming editor in 2003.

Thomas Telford

Telford in the Highlands
View the latest schools' project - a collaboration between four Highland secondary schools and the RCAHMS

Something from the Gold Diggings in Sutherland, Front Cover

Something from the Gold Diggings in Sutherland
Enjoy one of the latest additions to our Digital Library

Mark Wringe Introduces Essie Stewart at Ullapool Book Festival

Essie Stewart
Listen to one of the last of the 'Summer Walkers'

Dr. Isabel Grant's experiences on Iona

Isabel Grant Recollects
Listen to Dr Grant relate stories of a spiritual or supernatural nature

Gaelic Printing in the Highlands 1774-1901, page 1

Gaelic Printing in the Highlands 1774-1901

Pilgrimage to St Valery (3 of 6)

Pilgrimage to St Valery (1961)
Ex-servicemen from The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders make a pilgrimage to St Valry-en-Caux in northern France

Strathnaver Trail - The Story of a North Highland Landscape (cover)

Strathnaver Trail - The Story of a North Highland Landscape
Enjoy one of the latest additions to our Digital Library

Harrapool and surrounding area - Matthew Stobie, 1766

Pocket Museum
Clan Donald Library's Pocket Museum is a collection of notes, maps, photographs, illustrations and extracts from the archives which give an insight in to life on a Highland estate.

The Military Expedition to the Isle of Skye. Title Page

The Military Expedition to the Isle of Skye
Enjoy one of the latest additions to our Digital Library

Scottish Country Dance Group, Muir of Ord

Make the Muir Matter
Enjoy a selection of photographs highlighting Muir of Ord's local community

Sheila Forbes with cast members of 'Before the Raid'

Before the Raid
Sheila Forbes with cast members of 'Before the Raid'

Highland Weapons (page 1)

Highland Weapons
Enjoy one of the latest additions to our Digital Library

Before the Raid (1 of 8)

Before the Raid
a British propaganda film made in Portmahomack in 1942

Drovers

Droving
View a selection of resources highlighting the droving tradition in the Highlands and Islands

The Massacre of the Rosses. Title Page

The Massacre of the Rosses
Account of the clearance of Greenyards in Strathcarron

Hints for Highland Tenants and Cottagers 2. English Title-page

Hints for Highland Tenants and Cottagers
This book was written for the benefit of Highland crofters and cottars

Travelling to the sound o' the 'pipes

Travelling People
This small collection brings together some of Am Baile's items about Travelling People.

Cross at Kilmory, South Knapdale

Celts, Picts and Norse
This small collection brings together some of Am Baile's items about Celts, Picts and Norse people.

Passing Places - The Real Outer Hebrides. September 2000, Lewis. Crosbost crofters

Crofting
This small collection brings together some of Am Baile's items about crofting.

Emigration

Clearances
This small collection brings together some of Am Baile's items about The Clearances.

Gas Works, Inverness

Energy
This small collection brings together some of Am Baile's items about energy.

Threshing Corn

Farming
This small collection brings together some of Am Baile's items about farming.

Wrecked boat at Foulis Ferry, near Evanton, Ross-shire

Fishing
This small collection brings together some of Am Baile's items about fishing.

Spinning with the distaff

Highland Crafts
This small collection brings together some of Am Baile's items about Highland crafts.

Simon Fraser, 16th Lord Lovat

Famous Highland Personalities
This small collection brings together some of Am Baile's items about famous Highland personalities.

Beauly Priory

Religion
This small collection brings together some of Am Baile's items about religion.

Boreray, St. Kilda

St Kilda
This small collection brings together some of Am Baile's items about St Kilda.

Jacobite Queen at Dochgarroch

Tourism
This small collection brings together some of Am Baile's items about tourism.

'Camerons Calling' (1)

Jane Duncan (1910-1976)
A new exhibition on this best-selling Black Isle author opens in Cromarty Courthouse on 2 May 2010

Kyle Pharmacy Request re: Lice on Cattle

Kyle Pharmacy
View a collection of hand-written documents relating to Duncan MacPherson's Pharmacy in Kyle of Lochalsh.

The Crofter - Issue 1, page 1

The Crofter
The Crofter was a pro-crofting magazine, which championed land reform for the crofting community.

400th anniversary of the Statutes of Iona (1 of 2)

400th anniversary of the Statutes of Iona

Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2007 (1)

Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2009
To celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2009 the theme was 'Living with one another'. Read the winning entries from over 300 submissions

Guide to Inverness, 1952. title page

Guide to Inverness 1952

Cameron

Clan Cameron Gathering 2009

Secret Memo: German Airforce. Prisoners of War

Home Guard Papers
Archive papers help to tell the story of the Home Guard in the Highlands

Memories of the filming of 'Before the Raid' (1 of 7)

Memories of the filming of 'Before the Raid'

Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2007 (1)

Neil Gunn Writing Competition (2009)
Listen to competitors in the Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2009

Extract of Matriculation of the Arms of Inverness Royal Academy, 1933

Inverness Royal Academy

Tain - Voices From Their Past (9 of 13)

70th anniversary of outbreak of World War II
Listen to first-hand accounts of the Second World War

Inside Cover : Nicolson Family Photograph

The Clarion of Skye
The first issue of The Clarion of Skye appeared in February 1951.

Music for 'Noble's Tickers' by Scott Skinner

James Scott Skinner - Unpublished tunes?
These six manuscripts are part of Inverness Museum's Alexander Grant Collection. Grant was a great friend of 'The Strathspey King', James Scott Skinner.

Canadian War Brides (1 of 14)

Canadian War Brides
In July 2009, Melynda Jarratt, the leading expert on Canadian War Brides, gave a talk on her subject at Dingwall Library.

The Clarion of Skye Issue 6, July 1951. Page 10

Emigration to Australia
View a selection of press articles relating to Highland emigration to Australia

Earrann bho 'Gloomy Memories' (2) (Extract from Gloomy Memories (2))

The Emigrant Experience
A collection of personal accounts brought together to celebrate Highland Homecoming 2009

The Clarion of Skye Issue 6, July 1951. Page 10

Emigration to New Zealand
View a selection of press articles relating to Highland emigration to New Zealand

The 'Dyle' Finlayson family

Cromarty c.1910
Enjoy a selection of images taken by Cromarty resident, William John Smith

'a gaudy temple of Bacchus'

Letters Home
Enjoy one of the latest additions to our Digital Library

Group of nurses, 1950s

Nurses League of Inverness Hospitals
Photographs of hospitals and hospital staff donated by the Nurses League of Inverness Hospitals

Old days in a Highland Fishing Village by Robert John Mackay - cover

Old Days in a Highland Fishing Village by Robert John Mackay

Glenurquhart Rural Community Bulletin, No 20

Glenurquhart Rural Community Bulletin (1962-1970)

The Burgh of Cromarty Report: Volume 1, page 49

The Burgh of Cromarty Report
'The Burgh of Cromarty Report' was produced in 1962 by the Edinburgh College of Art School of Town and Country Planning

'Renewing heaven, adjusting the stars and cleaning up the moon' - 13s 4d

'Renewing heaven, adjusting the stars and cleaning up the moon' - 13s 4d

Loch Ness from Dores Bay

Highland Delights (2)
Browse a small selection of our Highland and Island views

Bridge and village of Bonar Bridge

HCAU
Archaeological site photographs from the Highland Council Archaeology Unit

Fort William to Mallaig

Five silent films about steam railways in the Highlands
They were made for the 1950s TV programme "Railway Roundabout" by John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse

Prince Charles' visit to Culloden Battlefield

Echoes of the Past
Have a look at some of the events that have taken place in and around Inverness. The exhibition is also currently on show at Inverness Library.

What is your family background? - Margaret Bennett

Scotland's Global Impact - Interviews
Listen to the experts tell their own stories

Early Reminiscences of the Black Isle Railway, by John Mackenzie (1 of 3)

John MacKenzie
A private collection of photographs donated by John Mackenzie

Memories of a Spitfire Pilot (1 of 10)

Memories of a Spitfire Pilot
John Niven, ex spitfire pilot, talks to Sam Marshall from Moray Firth Radio

Crathie: Life in a Crofting Township (1 of 25)

Crathie: Life in a Crofting Township
Rosie Campbell, a native of Laggan, used to spend her childhood summers in Crathie. Listen to her memories of the township.

Police Report regarding the Glendale Tenants, 6th October 1882 - page 1

Crofter unrest in Braes and Glendale, 1880s
Browse a selection of hand-written letters and reports from this turbulent period in crofting history.

Aerial View of Inverness (looking towards River Ness)

Inverness
Highland Council photographs from the Inverness area

Healing Wells and Springs in the Highlands & Islands (1 of 3)

Healing Wells and Springs in the Highlands & Islands

Black Isle Railway embankment, Ord Hill

Memories of the Black Isle Railway
Hannah Alexander of Fortrose remembers the Black Isle Railway

Silver Milk Jug by John Baillie

Examples of work produced by silversmiths in Inverness

J W (Dick) MacKintosh Remembers Inverness

Memories of Old Inverness
These recollections were penned by J W (Dick) MacKintosh in his introduction to the volume 'Inverness Courier - An Index 1920-1939'

Coral Beach at Claigan, Skye

Isle of Skye
A private collection of photographs donated by Alastair Jackson

Calanais Stones, Isle of Lewis

Isle of Lewis
A private collection of photographs donated by Stephen Branley

Why is it important to study the past? - Tony Pollard

Historians Speak Out
Listen to some good reasons why we should study the past

Links to Emigration Entries in Newspaper Index

Links to Emigration Entries in Newspaper Index
Simply choose a destination from the list.

Gress Memorial, Isle of Lewis

Highland Views
Enjoy one of our most recently uploaded photographic collections

Croft house at Gartymore

Gartymore
Photographs from the Gartymore Story exhibition at the Timespan museum in Helmsdale

Alexander Grant & Donald Riddell Workshop (5 of 10)

Grant & Riddell Workshop
A selection of audio extracts from a fiddle workshop held at Inverness Museum

Culloden Viaduct, 1998

'North by Northwest'
The 'North by Northwest' collection celebrates the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st

Historic Links Between Scotland and Canada Celebrated

Historic Links Between Scotland and Canada Celebrated
A ceremony to celebrate the life of Sir John A MacDonald, first Prime Minister of the Federation of Canada, was carried out at Dalnavert, near Aviemore, on the 12th May, 2010.

Three small children

Winnie Gordon
A private collection of photographs donated by Winnie Gordon from her own family history research

Smithton Primary School Girls

Picture Detective
Inverness Courier readers are helping us identify some of the images in our online collections. Here are the latest successes!

Highland Railway Society

The Highland Railway Society
The Highland Railway Society caters for all those interested in the Highland Railway from its inception to the current day

Torbreck Falls

Jack Watson
A collection of photographs from around the Highlands

Boath house, Auldearn

Time to browse?
An interesting collection of Highland Council Planning images from the 1980s

Architectural Audit of Inverness: 109-112 Academy Street, North Side

Inverness Civic Trust
Plans from an Architectural Audit of Inverness carried out by the Inverness Civic Trust

Black Isle Heritage Memories - Alasdair Cameron (1 of 32)

Black Isle Heritage Memories
Listen to people's stories, observations, knowledge and insights into their local area.

Balmacara Agricultural School - Group of students

Balmacara Agricultural School
Photographs of students who attended Balmacara House School, an agricultural and horticultural college, in the 1960s.

Grant of Lands by John, Bishop of Moray, 4 August 1361 (Front)

Inverness Burgh Documents
A collection of Inverness Burgh Documents (c.1160s-1590s)

Rev. Emsley Nimmo outside St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness

St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness
A collection of photographs covering the Cathedral building, Eden Court, various bishops and senior clergy as well as choirs and other groups connected with the Cathedral

Royal visit to Alness Library, 1974

A Royal Visit to Alness
In August 1974 the Royal Family visited Alness whilst on their annual cruise round the Scottish coast

Neil Gunn

Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2011
Read the winning entries

The Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee, 1912

Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee
A collection of documents and photographs acknowledging the work of the Highlands and Islands Medical Service which was set-up in 1912.

Neil Gunn Writing Competition, 2013
Transcriptions of winning entries in the Neil Gunn Writing Competition, 2013.

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