Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre

Lochmaddy, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5AA

Type:Arts Centres


  • 4 Star Visitor Attraction
4 Star Visitor Attraction

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Tel:01870 603970

Aerial photo of the Taigh Chearsabhagh building, looking towards Lochmaddy Pier and Lee.
  • Aerial photo of the Taigh Chearsabhagh building, looking towards Lochmaddy Pier and Lee.
  • Photo of a museum exhibition with a mannequin's head in a feathered headdress, and photos in the background.
  • Close up photo of someone working in the print workshop with books and art work materials.
  • Photo of the Taigh Chearsbhagh cafe tables taken from above.
  • Photo of Taigh Chearsabhagh taken on a dark moonlit evening, showing the tide line lighting installation round the building.
  • Photo of an art exhibition in the Gallery, with a large drawing and artwork on a wall and table.
  • Photo of a museum exhibition with a dressed mannequin and photos and artefacts in the background.
  • Photo of bagpipes placed on a chair, with the Taigh Chearsabhagh logo in blue lighting behind.
  • Image of a page of Gaelic text in a book, in green colouring, with the Duilleag Reading Group title above.
  • Photo of the Taigh Chearsabhagh building taken from a boat on the sea below.
  • Photo of three people sitting behind film recording equipment and screens.
  • Advert for the monthly Last Thursday poetry evenings on an image of handwriting in a book, tealight candle and a flower.
  • Photo of a small child drawing on a piece of paper on a sandy beach.
  • A group of schoolchildren in outdoor clothing walking along a road with a cardboard placard, with the words "There is no backup planet!"
  • Close up photo of embroidered wording on white material and a needle and thread.
  • Close up photo of a plate of food, showing smoked salmon, oatcakes and salad.
  • Poster for a Taigh Ciuil music event with white lettering against and orange background and a photo of an accordion being played.
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  • Photo of an artist on a sandy beach, drawing a line round the tide line with an oversized pencil.

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Taigh-Tasgaidh + Ionad-Ealain Taigh Chearsabhagh / Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre is a thriving centre for heritage and contemporary art that has much to offer to visitors and the local community.  It is a place where people can meet, share ideas, learn new skills and experience cultural interpretation.

Located in Lochmaddy on the Isle of North Uist, the main port of entry to North Uist, Taigh Chearsabhagh incorporates an award-winning museum and gallery which boasts a photographic collection, local artefacts, art and craft workshops, print & darkroom studios, a sculpture trail, café, shop and Post Office.

The centre presents an annual programme of contemporary visual arts and heritage exhibitions, literary and traditional music events, as well as small festivals and conferences.  The island location and environment directly influence the artistic and cultural life of Taigh Chearsabhagh. Our ethos aims to reflect and celebrate the Gaelic language and culture which is integral to the identity of the islands. Events and activities are open to all.

Museum exhibitions explore the social, domestic, economic, cultural and religious life of North Uist, with a variety of fascinating artefacts mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries.  The visual arts programme presents artists’ commissions, residencies and touring exhibitions, complemented by community-focused workshops.  Facilities include a fantastic print workshop and dark room for users to book, and a digital media production company, UistFilm.  Taigh Chearsabhagh also hosts UHI Innse Gall's visual arts degree courses.

Taigh Chearsabhagh's gift shop offers an excellent range of books, jewellery, crafts and textiles, as well as toys and holiday souvenirs, and the local Post Office.  The café is open all year round, where visitors can enjoy a tasty lunch and home baking, with beautiful views across to the Isle of Harris.

The centre is wheelchair accessible and has free wi-fi access.



  • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
  • Lunch Available
  • Tea & Coffee Available
  • Vegetarian Food Available


  • Baby Changing Facilities Available
  • Children Welcome
  • Children's Menu Available
  • Highchair Available


  • Public Toilet Facilities


  • Disabled Access
  • Lift

Languages Spoken

  • Gaelic Speaking

Leisure Facilities

  • Gift Shop


  • Island Location
  • Waterfront Location

Payment Methods

  • Cash
  • Debit Card


  • Coach Parking On-site
  • Disabled Parking
  • Free Parking On-Site
  • On Public Transport Route

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  • 4 Star Visitor Attraction
4 Star Visitor Attraction


  • Other AwardsGold Listing Gold Listing 2013
  • Other AwardsOuter Hebrides Tourism Member Outer Hebrides Tourism Member 2020
  • Other AwardsWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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