Tarbat Discovery Centre

Getting Here

Schools and Groups

Tarbat Discovery Centre

The Tarbat Discovery Centre is on the grounds of the ancient church of St. Colman, displaying works of art created in stone by the Picts more than 1,200 years ago.

These treasures, discovered during a 1990s archaeological dig, include fragments of majestic cross-slabs carved skilfully with elaborate geometric patterns, interwoven with magnificent animals and people. The Centre displays Pict and Early Medieval tools, artefacts and moulds used in the 8th century to create religious masterpieces, such as chalices and reliquaries in gold, silver, enamel and glass.

It is a museum, learning and activity centre that preserves and promotes the heritage of the Tarbat peninsula. 

Opening Hours

Please note that on Sunday 19 May 2024 we will open at 1.30 pm due to an event taking place.

1 March – 31 March 2024
Monday – Saturday, 1 pm – 4 pm 

1 April – 31 October 2024
Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm 
Sunday, 1 pm – 4 pm

Admission

Under 16 years – FREE
Concessions (16-17 years and 65+) – £4.00
Adult – £5.00

Free admission for Members of the Tarbat Historic Trust.

Tarbat Discovery Centre
Tarbatness Road
Portmahomack
Tain
IV20 1YA

We have a car park on site.

Schools and Groups

Schools are welcome to visit at no cost and should fill out the booking form or call 01862 871 351 to arrange the visit

Groups of 8 people or more are welcome to visit but please let us know in advance by filling out the booking form or calling 01862 871 351 to arrange.

Music courtesy of Drone to Homeimages and drone footage: 

Émilie Atmane
Douglas Gordon
Miles Harrison
Thomas Keyes
Mairi MacPherson
And others present at the dig and throughout the Centre’s history