National War Museum

This museum contains a wealth of absorbing material that ranges from letters home from foreign campaigns to Highland broadswords and chemical warfare suits.

The Scottish National War Museum is housed in a former storehouse for ordnance. It was built in the 1700s and later used as a military hospital.

The museum opened in 1933 and is now run by the National Museums Scotland.

The large and fascinating collection includes many artefacts used by the Scottish forces over the centuries, plus paintings including Robert Gibb’s famous “Thin Red Line”, and a research library.


Located in Hospital Square, the National War Museum can be accessed by heading past the Redcoat Café on the right and heading straight down the hill and through the archway directly ahead.