The MacGillivray Centre was constructed as an interpretive centre to celetrate the life and works of William MacGillivray (1796-1852). He was an ornithologist who spent his childhood on Harris. It was this link and intimate knowledge of the islands that led him to study the wildlife of the Hebridean machair.
He was a friend to fellow ornithologist John James Audubon, author of the book 'Birds of America'. He was also a curator at Edinburgh's Royal College of Surgeons' and became a Professor of Zoology at The University of Aberdeen.
Awards - Commendation for The Regeneration of Scotland 1999
Commendation for the Civic Trust Award