Today I went to the Tarbet Discovery Centre in Portmahomack. This is a museum that looks at the history of the Pictish settlement on that site, and the Christians that followed. Below you will see a picture of the crypt and a replica skeleton that is under the church. Whilst wandering around I heard a man remark to his wife that there was ‘a lot going on down there.’, meaning the crypt. I went down the steps and was wondering what he was going on about as there was literally nothing down there. That was until I had been down there for a couple of minutes. I felt suddenly very heavy. Almost like I had put on 10 pounds in 10 seconds. That was weird enough. Going back upstairs to leave, I stopped to chat to the lovely curator. I asked her why there was a partial skull at the feet of the skeleton in the grave. She expressed surprise at that and said she hadn’t noticed it before, so we went to look. Maybe, she said, they osteologist that they had asked to come and make sure the bones were in the place had done it. We went back to the shop, and as I turned to go, she said as a throwaway comment, ‘doesn’t matter, the bones move around all the time anyway.’
Despite this, I can’t recommend this museum enough. It is extraordinarily thorough, with an abundance of material. And for me all the creepiness is just a bonus.