Photo: Dave Conner

Timespan is an amazing museum and art centre. Located north of the Scottish Highlands, guests can discover Timespan’s outstanding collection of more than 1,200 artefacts that throw you back into eras long gone.

The museum sits on the cycle route from John O’Groats to Lands End and is a short drive from bustling Inverness. The museum was founded in 1986 and sits along the banks of the River Helmsdale in the most picturesque of locations right beside the Telford Bridge.

Since opening in 1986, the museum has expanded its visitor attraction by adding an herb garden, which provides the most beautiful sights and smell throughout the year. Along the riverbank also sits the River Café where visitors to the museum can sit and enjoy the natural sounds of the river while tucking into a dish of cream tea and cake. The café also offers light lunches, free WIFI, and a collection of second hand books for purchase.

The museum itself houses a great collection of artefacts from the Victorian era and beyond. One of the highlights is the household items, some which have evolved into things we use today and some that we no longer require. However, all things would have been used on a daily basis in centuries past.

The museum also houses regular exhibitions that change throughout the year and typically showcasing the history of the people of northern Scotland.


Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale, Sutherland, KW8 6JA
Tel: 01431 821327
Times: Monday – Saturday, 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday, 12.00 – 17.00