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Highland Roots - Family History from the Heart of the Scottish Highlands

This page provides links to leading archives in and close to the Highlands. Though most of these are council archives they also hold collections deposited by private companies, families, and individuals, for preservation and public access.

Highland Archive Centre, Inverness

Caithness Archive Centre, Wick

Lochaber Archive Centre, Fort William

Skye & Lochalsh Archive Centre, Portree

Archives of Moray, Elgin

Western Isles Local Studies Collection, Stornoway

Argyll & Bute Council Archives, Lochgilphead

Perth & Kinross Council Archives, Perth

Aberdeen City Archives (includes archives for Aberdeenshire & 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 our Museums page.

To find out about estate and family papers still held in private hands please see the National Register of Archives for Scotland.