THE Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum at Stirling Castle will re-open this week after a three-year refurbishment project costing millions of pounds.

The museum tells the story of one of Scotland’s most famous regiments and has had a lengthy transformation that started in September 2018 with the aim to ensure its historic military legacy was preserved for future generations. It will officially re-open to the public on Wednesday.

The museum stated: “Home to a wealth of military treasures and artefacts, the museum brings the rich culture and heritage of one of Scotland’s great Highland regiments to life. The museum weaves a rich tapestry, connecting the regiment to the local communities around Scotland from where its soldiers and their families came from.

“Through its thematic approach, the museum aims to engage with audiences of all ages and knowledge, offering something for everyone.

“With over 5000 objects in the museum’s collection, many of the artefacts and displays cover the fascinating history of the regiment. From its involvement in numerous global conflicts and insight into what life was like as a serving soldier and its impact on family life, to incredible personal items donated to the museum – some with astonishing and poignant stories.”

The Heritage Lottery-funded renovation work has been carried out with meticulous care to protect, conserve and compliment the archaeology of the King’s Old Building which dates from the late 14th century and is believed to be one of the oldest structures still standing at Stirling Castle.

Colonel AK Miller, project director, said: “This project has taken nine years to plan and deliver. With the loss of Scotland’s historic regiments, it is important to ensure this unique element of our history is not lost. Throughout their tour, visitors will find themselves immersed in Scotland’s proud military and cultural heritage.”

Richard Hickson, chief executive of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum, said: “Setting itself against the broader history of Scotland, our museum tells a fascinating story covering significant periods in Scottish history.”