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.