Trace Your Scottish Roots with Genealogy Help in the Heart of the Highlands

The Highland Archive Centre offers a great opportunity to connect with your past in our area...

Connect with Your Scottish Past in Inverness

For many visitors to Inverness and Loch Ness, the holiday is something of a homecoming as they strive to make a connection with their family’s Scottish history.

With the Scots dispora spread across the globe, many holidaymakers in the Highlands are actually returning members of the clans that inhabited our areas, and many of these people make a point of trying to find out a bit more about their connection with the area. Which is why we are so lucky to have great Highland genealogy resources on hand at the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness.

Highland Genealogy Resources

If you are looking to research your Scottish family history while in the Highlands or planning a genealogy-themed break or clan reunion in the area, then a visit to the archive centre is a must.

The centre is located in the city of Inverness itself and incorporates bespoke search room and repository facilities as well as a dedicated family history room and a specialist conservation studio.

The team at the centre work hard to collect, preserve and make accessible as many archives as possible that contain information on the history of the Highlands and our people – with archives dating from the 14th Century right up to the present.

Research Scottish Family History in the Highlands

Visitors to the Highlands are welcome to drop in during opening hours, with trained staff on hand to help you with your research in bookable one to one consultations using registration records and other available archives.

Alternatively you may wish to contact the Highland Archive Centre before your visit to get advice on how to carry out a Scottish family history search during your time here enjoying a holiday in the Scottish Highlands.


This Modern Building Houses the Highland Archive Centres Historical Resources

Image: Steven Brown, under Creative Commons License 2.0

  • The Highland Archive Centre is open weekdays from 10am until 5pm, with the exception of Wednesday when it remains open until 7.30pm. The team can be contacted on +44 (0) 1463 256444 or via email to There is free car parking available on site and lift access to the first floor family history room for those with mobility concerns.