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Tarbat Discovery Centre

  • Tain
  • Indoor
  • Ages 9+
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

The Tarbat Discovery Centre is interesting before you even get inside, with it being housed in the old Parish Church which was the only Pictish monastic settlement discovered in Scotland. You can learn about this further on site with the introductory video shown in The Laird's Loft.

The exhibitions focus specifically on this peninsula so it's very much a trip either born of regional affection or for study. There have been vast archaeological excavations and the products of these will be of most interest to the smalls. The crypt and barrel vault is also a delight to the brave ones but you might want to give it due consideration with young or sensitive kids. To help keep younger ones busy they provide colouring sheets and rubbing boards.

Venturing beyond the gallery walls you can follow The Pictish Sculpture Trail and discover the immense carved stones, but be warned it will take some planning and energy as they're some distance apart.

Local exhibitions, classes and special seasonal activities are also often hosted here.

Opening hours

April: Monday - Saturday 2.00pm - 5.00pm May Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm June - September Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm October Monday - Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm


12 - 18 years: £1.00 Over 18: £3.50 Concessions: £2.00 Under 12s go free!

Travel & Contact Information


Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack, Tain, The Highlands, IV20 1YA, Scotland

Phone number

01862 871351



Click here to visit Tarbat Discovery Centre's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Tarbat Discovery Centre has not told us about their parking.

No, there are no toilets available.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Tarbat Discovery Centre has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

No, Tarbat Discovery Centre is not wheelchair friendly.

No, Tarbat Discovery Centre have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Tarbat Discovery Centre has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop

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