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The logo for Dualchas is the symbol which appears on the Pabbay Stone.





meaning heritage; derived from ancestors


ďA fascinating insight into the islandís pastĒ


Picture right: The Heritage Centre, Castlebay, Isle of Barra

Since opening in 1996, Dualchas has welcomed people from throughout the world to enjoy and explore the rich history and colourful culture of the Barra Isles.  Situated within easy walking distance from the main street in Castlebay, Dualchas is placed in a prime location looking out over the bay to the southern islands.  Dualchas has two main galleries and presents a changing programme of local history displays, art exhibitions and cultural events.  The centre is run by volunteers who live and work on Barra.  Dualchas is a visible commitment made by the community towards preserving Barra heritage and sharing their stories with people worldwide.

The Collections

The collections are at the heart of the Dualchas.  Richly varied and reflecting the changing lifestyle and landscape of the Barra Islands, they bring together strands of local culture and social history.  From simple hand crafted wooden furniture to the vivid colouring of ornaments and personal treasures, the collections embrace all aspects of island life and history - from maritime and crofting to home life and leisure.


Picture right: Fishing exhibition

Heritage Cafe

The bright and airy cafe is an ideal place to relax and refuel from a wide selection of freshly prepared hot and cold food on the daily menu.

  • Delicious Home Baking

  • Wholesome Soups

  • Tasty paninis

  • Fresh Filter Coffee

  • Herbal Teas

  • Non-smoking

Exhibition and Cafe

April - October

Opening times:

Monday - Saturday

10:30am to 4:30pm




Concession £2.00
Children £1.00

All proceeds from the admission charge go towards running Dualchas and local history projects throughout the Barra Isles.  Dualchas is run by volunteers and depends entirely on public funding to maintain the building and operate the annual exhibition and events programme.

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