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Photographs.

Here you will find pictures of towns, villages and landscapes as well as different aspects of Highland life and culture. At the foot of the page are links to this material arranged by contributor

A Traveller's Tale
Willie, a seasoned traveller, answers a series of questions about life on the road
Aerial Views: Invergordon & Nigg
Aerial photographs of the Cromarty Firth area around Invergordon and Nigg
Airports & Aircraft
A collection of various Highland airports and aircraft from the Highland Photographic Archive.
Alexander Grant (photographs)
Photographs from the Alexander Grant collection at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.
Alun Bush - Scoraig & Nigg
This collection of photographs from Alun Bush contrasts two different aspects of life in the Highlands - crofting the remote Scoraig peninsula and the heavy industry of the Nigg Fabrication Yard.
Am Baile: Highland Games 2010
A selection of photographs taken at the Armed Forces Parade and Inverness Highland Games, 24 July 2010
Ancient Dwellings at Skara Brae (1933)
A guide to the Neolithic settlement at Skara Brae by the Australian archaeologist, Vere Gordon Childe. (photos)
Artefact Collection, Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
A collection of various museum artefacts from Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.
Bagpipes from Achiltibuie Piping School
Photographs of various kinds of bagpipes
Balmacara Agricultural School
Photographs of students who attended Balmacara House School, an agricultural and horticultural college, in the 1960s.
Biblical Garden, Elgin
Images of the Biblical Garden near Elgin Cathedral
Caithness 1925
A book of photographs of Caithness from 1925
Caithness Horizons
A large collection of photographs from Caithness Horizons, an important museum in Thurso. The collection covers many aspects of life in Caithness over the past 100 years
Caledonian Canal Refurbishment, 1984
A small collection of photographs of the refurbishment of the Caledonian Canal in 1984
Carrbridge Floods, 1923
Photographs taken during the clear up and reconstruction works after the 1923 Carrbridge Floods
Cawdor Heritage Group
A collection of photographs donated by Cawdor Heritage Group
Clan Cameron Gathering, 2009
A small collection of images from the Clan Cameron gathering, 2009
Crathie Township
A selection of photographs of the abandoned township of Crathie, west of Laggan
Creative Commons
Photographs on Am Baile which are used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License
David Banks: West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd
A collection of photographs showing the work of West Highland Salmon Fisheries Co Ltd. This company, owned and run by David Banks, held the lease to salmon fishing in the seas around Skye from the mid-1940s to the early 1960s
David L. Roberts' Prints and Drawings
A selection of watercolours of Skye by David L. Roberts (1931-1997)
David Whyte Collection, Highland Photographic Archive
David Whyte Collection held in the Highland Photographic Archive. The majority of the photographs were taken around Inverness in the 1950s
Donald Riddell (photographs)
A selection of photographs of the fiddle player & maker, Donald Riddell
Dualchas Postcards
Postcards from Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
Duncan Macpherson (photographs)
Collection of photographs of the Kyle of Lochalsh area and Skye held by Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
Edward Meldrum's Photographs of Inverness
Photographs of buildings in Inverness. The collection spans most of the 20th century but mainly focuses on the 1960s and contains many images of buildings which have since been demolished
Fraser Mackintosh Collection (photographs)
Photographs taken from books in the Fraser MacKintosh collection held at Inverness Library
Gairloch Heritage Museum, Photograph Collection
Photographs of people and places around Wester Ross from the collections at Gairloch Heritage Museum
Glenurquhart Heritage Group (photographs)
A collection of photographs donated by the Glenurquhart Heritage Group
Grantown Museum Photographic Collection
A collection of photographs held by the museum in Grantown-on-Spey
Groam House Museum Photographic Collection
Photographs held by Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie. The collection spans the 20th century and mainly focuses on the villages of Fortrose and Rosemarkie and their surrounding area. It includes images of people and places
Highland Connections with the Titanic
An article detailing those passengers and crew aboard RMS Titanic who had connections with the Highlands and Islands.
Highland Council: Inverness Area (1990s)
Highland Council photographs from the Inverness area
Highland Folk Museum - Sheep Fank & Bothy
Objects and views connected with Presmuchrach Shepherd's Bothy at the Highland Folk Museum
Highland Folk Museum Photographic Collection
Photographs from the collections held at the Highland Folk Museum
Highland Folk Museum Schoolhouse
Photographs of the schoolhouse building at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore
Highland Libraries - Robert Moyes Adam
A small collection of landscape photographs taken by Robert Moyes Adam in the 1930s and 1940s
Highland Libraries Past & Present
Photographs of libraries, past and present, from across the Highlands and Islands
Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection
A collection of postcard images from all over the Highlands held by Highland Libraries
Highland Livestock Heritage Society photographs
A collection of photographs of livestock and livestock farming methods held by the Highland Livestock Heritage Society
Highland Railway Society - Coaches
Photographs of passenger coaches, restaurant cars, sleeping carriages and departmental (non-revenue earning) rolling stock seen on railways in the Highlands.
Highland Railway Society - DLG Hunter Collection
A large collection of photographs showing locomotives of the Highland Railway, primarily during the period the network was operated by the LMS
Highland Railway Society - Locomotives 1 (pre-1870 classes)
Photographs of locomotives built for the Highland Railway and its constituent companies between 1855 and 1869
Highland Railway Society - Locomotives 2 (Jones classes)
Photographs of locomotives built for the Highland Railway to designs by David Jones. Jones was the Company's locomotive superintendent between 1870 and 1896
Highland Railway Society - Locomotives 3 (Drummond classes)
Photographs of locomotives built for the Highland Railway to designs by Peter Drummond. Drummond was the Company's locomotive superintendent between 1896 and 1912
Highland Railway Society - Locomotives 4 (Smith classes)
Photographs of locomotives built for the Highland Railway to designs by Frederick Smith. Smith was the Company's locomotive superintendent between 1912 and 1915
Highland Railway Society - Locomotives 5 (Cumming classes)
Photographs of locomotives built for the Highland Railway to designs by Christopher Cumming. Cumming was the Company's locomotive superintendent between 1915 and 1922
Highland Railway Society - miscellaneous
Miscellaneous photographs relating to the history and operation of railways in the Highlands
Highland Railway Society - Stations
Station photographs collected by the Highland Railway Society
Highland Railway Society - Trains 1 (1855-1922)
This collection comprises photographs of trains which were taken in the years before Britain's railway companies were amalgamated into the 'Big Four' on 1 January 1923. The vast majority of the images show trains being hauled by Highland Railway locomotives
Highland Railway Society - Trains 2 (1923-1947)
This collection comprises photographs of trains which were taken in the period between 1 January 1923, when Britain's railway companies were amalgamated into the 'Big Four', and 31 December 1947, prior to nationalisation. The vast majority of the images show trains being hauled by London Midland and Scottish Railway locomotives
Highland Railway Society - Trains 3 (1948 to the present day)
This collection comprises photographs of trains which were taken in the period between 1 January 1948, when Britain's railway were nationalised, and the present day
Highland Railway Society - Trains 4 (miscellaneous)
The bulk of this collection comprises photographs of the Duke of Sutherland's private train hauled by his locomotive, 'Dunrobin'. It also includes some photographs which we have so far been unable to date

Highland Railway Society - Wagons
Photographs of goods wagons, sheep vans, coal wagons, brake vans and departmental (non-revenue earning) rolling stock seen on railways in the Highlands
I F Grant Photographic Archive
Photographs of life in the west Highlands from the collection of Isobel Frances Grant held by Edinburgh City Library and Information Service
Imaging the Past
A collection of George Washington Wilson photographs used to illustrate talks he gave on Highland history
Imaging the Past - Prince Charlie and the '45
These photographs were taken by Scottish photographer George Washington Wilson (1823-93) and used to illustrate talks he gave on the Jacobite Rising of 1745-46
In the Hebrides, 1883
Illustrations taken from the book 'In the Hebrides', by CF Gordon Cumming (1883)
Inverness Royal Academy (photographs)
Photographs of Inverness Royal Academy buildings, staff and pupils from the 1850s to the 1990s.
Isle of Lewis photographs by Stephen Branley
A small collection of black & white photographs depicting life on the Isle of Lewis including some of the island's iconic monuments
Jack Richmond Shinty Archive
A collection of photographs predominantly relating to shinty in the Badenoch area
Jack Watson Photography
A collection of photographs from around the Highlands
Jimmy Nairn & Son
A collection of photographs taken in and around Inverness in the 1950s by Jimmy Nairn. The collection is held by the Highland Photographic Archive
Jimmy Thomson Archive
Press photographs of people and places in and around Inverness from the 1980s and 1990s
John B Niven: Spitfire Pilot
A small collection of photographs relating to John B Niven, spitfire pilot
Joseph Cook Collection
Photographs of the Inverness area collected by Joseph Cook to illustrate amateur history lectures
Lochcarron Shinty photos
A collection of Lochcarron Camanachd team photographs covering the period 1920 to 2004
M E M Donaldson Collection
Photographs taken in the first half of the 20th century around the North and West Highlands
MacEwen Photographic Archive
Photographs of Edward, Prince of Wales' visit to Inverness in 1931
MacGrory Brothers Archive
Photographs from around the Kintyre Peninsula held by Argyll and Bute Library Service
Make the Muir Matter - Photographs of Muir of Ord
Photographs by Alexander Collett as part of the 2004 "Make the Muir Matter" community project
Marymas Fair, Inverness 2006
Photographs taken during the 2006 Marymas Fair, a medieval style fair held each year in Inverness
MusicMemory Store
A variety of people from Caithness were asked to select a favourite traditional or Gaelic music track which has a personal meaning for them, and to share the music and the story with the public. These were collected together in the MusicMemory Store
New Highlanders
A series of portraits of "New Highlanders", people who have recently come to the Highlands to work, to study or to make a new life
Normandy Veterans Association
A collection of photographs showing members of The Highland and Islands Normandy Veterans Branch march for the last me before laying up their colours
North by Northwest - The Far North Line
The 'North by Northwest' collection celebrates the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st
North by Northwest - The Highland Line
The 'North by Northwest' collection celebrates the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st
North by Northwest - The Kyle Line
The 'North by Northwest' collection celebrates the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st
Nurses League of Inverness Hospitals
Photographs of hospitals and hospital staff donated by the Nurses League of Inverness Hospitals
Olivia James Collection
A collection of photographs taken by Olivia James which record a variety of people and places on the Isle of Skye
Pocket Museum (photographs)
The Clan Donald Library's Pocket Museum is a collection of photographs, maps, etc which illustrate life on a Highland estate
Railway Lantern Slides
A collection of railway photographs from around the Highlands held by Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Reindeer Company Limited/Utsi
Photographs of the Cairngorm reindeer herd
Rephotography
Here you can compare and contrast the way locations in the Highlands have changed over the years
Scotland's Global Impact
As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference…
Scottish Wildcats
Photographs of Scottish Wildcats donated by the Scottish Wildcat Association
Sheriff JLM Mitchell (photographs)
Photographs of Sheriff Mitchell's family from a collection held by the Gaelic Society of Inverness
St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness
A collection of photographs covering the Cathedral building, Eden Court, various bishops and senior clergy as well as choirs and other groups connected with the Cathedral
Syd Atkinson Archive
Photographs taken in and around Inverness in the 1930s and 1940s
TCT - Aura A (photographs)
Photographs and artwork commissioned and displayed by Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Art Centre in North Uist
The Gartymore Story
Photographs from the Gartymore Story exhibition at the Timespan museum in Helmsdale
The Highland Council Planning Dept
Photographs of towns, streets, buildings, monuments, etc from the Highland Council's Planning Department
Tom Baker Landscape Images
A selection of images from around the Highlands
Travelling People's Story
A collection of photographs, held by the Highland Folk Museum, of objects associated with Travellers
Ullapool Museum Photographic Collection
Photographs from the Ullapool area held in collections at Ullapool Museum
Unknown Images - Do you recognise any of these photographs?
Photographs which Am Baile has little or no information about. Please contact us if you are able to help with identification
Views of Inverness, 1960s
Photographs from around Inverness, held by Highland Libraries
War Detectives (documents)
A collection of ephemera and memorabilia relating to World War II. It includes military and civilian items which were gathered as part of the 2005 War Detectives project which enabled school children to meet and interview those who lived through the war
War Detectives (images)
A collection of photographs relating to World War II and gathered as part of the 2005 War Detectives project which enabled school children to meet and interview those who lived through the war
William J Ramsay Archive
Photographs taken and collected by William J Ramsay as part of his work with the Scottish Hydro Electric Board
Willie John Smith Archive
A series of photographs of Cromarty and its fishertown taken in c.1910 by William John Smith
Willie Morrison Archive
A private collection of photographs, donated by Willie Morrison, of the Kinlochbervie and Durness areas
Winnie Gordon (photographs)
A private collection of photographs donated by Winnie Gordon from her own family history research
Ye Booke of Halkirk, 1911
Depictions of people and places connected with the village of Halkirk

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