The Kyle Station Museum in Kyle of Lochalsh reopened on 8 April after an extensive refurbishment supported by Museums Galleries Scotland.
The museum, which is run by volunteers from the Friends of the Kyle Line, tells the intertwined stories of Kyle Harbour, West Coast fishing and the Kyle Line.
The museum, housed in the original 1897 Highland Railway station building, is home to hundreds of railway objects, maritime exhibits and a collection of black and white photographs depicting life in the area, including many by Duncan MacPherson, 1882-1966, a renowned Kyle photographer.
There are two exhibition galleries, the first featuring the photographic collection also includes a video viewing 'carriage' which shows archive footage of the railway, the harbour and the fishing industry.
The second gallery has been redisplayed to explore the history of the railway itself. At the time of construction this was the world's most expensive railway project, with its 31 rock cuttings and 29 bridges in just 10 miles!
There is a working model of Kyle of Lochalsh Station as it was in the 1960s, along with various railway items, including the station's original clock and various old tickets, pamphlets and posters.
There are children's activities, an archive room, a gift shop, and takeaway refreshments.
Tom Campbell, Trustee of the charity that runs the museum, said: "It is exciting to see the hard work of our charity's volunteers and partners come to fruition. We look forward to sharing our redeveloped displays, maritime exhibits, artworks and films with new audiences. We are also pleased to share again many much-loved exhibits including our working model trains and railway artefacts. The museum is conveniently situated at the 'gateway to Skye', so whether you're travelling on the Kyle Line or heading for the Skye Bridge we look forward to welcoming you at the end of the platform."
Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: "We are pleased to have been able to support Kyle Station Museum's refurbishment. The new displays and activities will help bring local history to life and broaden the range of opportunities for people to engage with the collections. Kyle Station Museum is an important heritage asset with fascinating stories to tell, and we look forward to seeing this new chapter in the museum's history unfold."
Alasdair Smart, Tourism Manager at ScotRail, said: "The Kyle Line is widely acknowledged as one of the world's great train journeys. We are proud to be custodians of this spectacular stretch of railway which carries more than 100,000 passenger journeys a year. The refurbished museum will be a valuable addition to the visitor experience for all those who travel on this line or pass through Kyle of Lochalsh. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the museum and the Friends of the Kyle Line and their excellent work promoting the railway and its history."
It's hard to imagine a more stunning location for a railway station, or a museum.
The reopening of the museum gives an excellent excuse to travel the wonderful railway to see for yourself!