Alness Heritage Centre


 Conference Venue

Local Heritage and Genealogy Centre where we hold ever changing exhibitions in our two exhibition rooms using items of local interest.


The Heritage Shop is also a treasure trove of beautiful crafts, pictures painted by local artists, hand made knitwear from babies jackets to adult sizes, hand made cards, a selection of beautiful mounted photographs of views and wildlife of the area.

The Conference Venue, which now has a Wedding Licence, and Exhibition Room, on the upper floor of the Heritage Centre, is available for up to 40 people.  Please go to Conference Venue and Exhibition Room for more details. We can arrange Civil Marriages for up to forty guests






The Heritage Centre mounts exhibitions throughout the year. During the summer months one room always contains an Alness at War exhibition to welcome all the ex service personnel and summer visitors who return having been in Alness during the war when Catalinas and Sunderlands were to be seen for many years.

Recent exhibitions included:

  •  Alness at War – Catalina and Sunderland presence in Alness during WW2.
  • Alness Bowling Club Centenary Year.
  • School Photo Exhibition.
  • Farming Exhibition.
  • Alness in Bloom.
  • School Days in the Early 20th Century.
  • A Walk Down Memory Lane.
  • The Battle of Britain.
  • VE Day 60th Anniversary.
  • Fashions through the Ages.
  • The MacKay Tool Collection.
  • A School Room.   

Current Exhibitions 


Room One- Alness at War-History of the Sunderlands and Catalinas in Alness

Room Two - Sporting people in Alness over the years including lots of photos and artefacts. Heavyweight Champs to Runners, basket ball players, Football, Badminton Golf, Bowls they are all there 
Find your ancestors.

Alness Heritage Centre has many enquiries from people throughout the world looking for their local ancestors and family tree. The genealogy unit contains all Census from 1841-1901 for Alness, Rosskeen and Kiltearn parishes, with a good number of other parishes also included. The Parish Records for the three parishes are also at hand along with valuation Rolls and the Ross-shire Journals on Film from 1877-1985, all can be viewed through our Digital Microfilm Scanner.  We have also gathered a lot of other information about the area at The Heritage Centre to help you with your searches.


The Shop.


The Heritage Centre Shop is a treasure trove of beautiful crafts, pictures, hand made knitwear from babies jackets to adult sizes, hand made cards, a selection of beautiful mounted photographs of views and wildlife of the area.   We also have many Alness souvenirs, attractive ornaments and gifts, soft toys, swing cards, and novelty items and a unique selection of Heritage Centre and Scottish Books including Clan Books and postcards including:





 Averon Tales and Legends.

100 years of Alness-History

100 years of Alness-People

Four Men of Obsdale Road

  • The Perrins Connection.
  • Alness Heritage Recipe Book.
  • The Fyrish Story.
  •  Nine different Post Card views of Alness.
  • Wood in his Blood
  • Alness Poetry Book No1.

Vist our on-line shop at









 There is also a large archive of photos of local schools, buildings, clubs, galas and sporting events over the past 100 years. If you have photos or papers of Alness we would appreciate it if you would allow us to copy them. We would scan and return them to you.    

Our friendly volunteer staff are always happy to greet you and will be delighted to show you round our exhibitions and other parts of the centre.   

We hope when you visit Alness, on the Web or in person, that you will get in touch with ACA Ltd at The Heritage Centre. We are always delighted to meet people with Alness connections, old Alnessians, people with an interest in history or people who are looking for a friendly town with attractive shops, beautiful flowers and lovely surrounding country-side.


There is NO CHARGE for coming in to see the exhibitions.


We now have disabled access to all areas and have a large conference venue and exhibition room room on the upper floor. You can get in touch through our web site or e-mail

 or call in and see us. 


 You are always welcome.

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