The West Highland Museum is certainly worth a bit of time though, try it out while waiting for better weather or between browsing for yet more hiking gear. Having been there last year, I popped back in recently to distract myself from nerves before starting the Three Peaks Challenge (my colleagues shopped for boots, ate lunch and drank beer) Yes, I am quite a nerd...
The museum combines that wide collection of stuff and things that are the local museum's stock in trade, traditional homewares, crafts, war memorabilia, local history relics, Victorian costumes, stuffed animals... Yet the range is very broad, and by covering (of course) big themes in Scottish history and the Jacobites with such local and personal items, you get a real feel for how people dealt with these nationally discussed issues and conflict in everyday life.
Returning meant I spotted things I overlooked last time, and I feel I'll head back whenever I'm in the area, to no doubt find other curiosities or get other slants on the local and national history. A star in the collection may be the Secret Portrait (see above) but the one of the nude lady caught my attention this time!
The staff are a credit to them, warm, welcoming, informed and as I joyfully discovered; willing to share 'daft tourist' stories. The museum became free to enter about 4 years ago, and chatting to staff they happily explain that attendance went up massively, and clever use of the gift shop maintains a good income, but they are still struggling a bit. It's the kind of place where being asked to pay £3.50 to get in you might pass it over and head to the shops, but having looked around for free you gladly drop £5 in the donations and wish them well.
Take a few minutes away from the scenery, and explore the West Highlands through its artefacts and stories, and the great local people.