This page provides links to leading archives in and close to the Highlands. Though most of these are local government archives, they also hold collections deposited by private companies, families, and individuals, for preservation and public access.
Highland Archive Centre, Inverness
Caithness Archive Centre
Lochaber Archive Centre, Fort William
Skye & Lochalsh Archive Centre, Portree
Moray Coucil Heritage Services, Elgin
Hebridean Archives, Stornoway
Argyll & Bute Archives, Lochgilphead
Perth & Kinross Archives, Perth
Aberdeen City & County Archives (includes archives for Banffshire), Aberdeen
Aberdeen University Special Libraries & Archives, Aberdeen
North East Folklore Archive, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire
Angus Archives, Forfar
Local museums may also hold records relating to their area, or copies of such records kept elsewhere - see Museums page.
To find out about estate & family papers still held in private hands, see the National Register of Archives for Scotland.
The Scottish Archives Network provides access to the catalogues of 52 archives throughout Scotland.