Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum
To appreciate the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum, one has to understand the important role this infantry regiment played in history and that it is still held in high esteem today. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were formed in 1881 by amalgamating the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders Regiment with the 91st Regiment (Argyllshire). More recently, the regiment was restructured in 2004, amalgamating with the Scottish Infantry and is now known as the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiments were vital participants in World War I, World War 2, The Korean War and other battles that were fought in recent years. More than six thousand men lost their lives during World War I and six Victoria Crosses were handed to the regiment for their bravery. The regiment has also received numerous battle honors.
It is the mission of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum to preserve the history of this courageous regiment. The museum is located in Stirling Castle. It is a fitting home for the museum as the regiment in its first and original form was begun in 1794 in Sterling. Within the eight display rooms, visitors will be able to experience the entire heritage of this regiment, and of course see their uniform, which features headgear referred to as Glengarry, their badge which is the largest cap badge in the British Army, as well as the regimental tartan.
Through eye witness accounts, document, trophies, photographs, paintings and military memorabilia, the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders regiment comes to life within the museum. Displays also include weaponry, dioramas, medals, pipe banners and a variety of equipment used by the regiment. A realistic reconstruction of a World War I trench allows visitors to envision how difficult these battles were to fight. Other wars such as the Boer War, Crimea, Malaya, Korea, the World Wars and other areas where the regiment was needed are on display. The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum is a popular attraction, and offers facilities such as a restaurant, both car and coach parking and a souvenir shop. Walking through these castle walls gives visitors an appreciation for the work soldiers do, the risks they take and the sacrifices they made to save lives.