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Russian Arctic Convoy Museum Project

On 22nd June 1941, Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's planned invasion of the Soviet Union was put into action.


Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union, had not expected an invasion as he had signed a non-aggression treaty with Germany in 1939.

The Arctic Convoys were a monumental collaborative effort to provide aid to the Soviet Union to bolster its defences against the invading German forces. The supplies were delivered by merchant vessels, escorted by warships, and shielded by air cover.


The route went through perilous Arctic waters, and the ships sailed under the constant threat of air, surface vessel, and u-boat attacks.


This prompted Winston Churchill to declare the route "the worst journey in the world".


On the shores of the stunning Loch Ewe in Scotland's far north west, you'll find the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum Project (RACMP).

The museum features a large and comprehensive collection of Arctic Convoy artefacts and memorabilia. This includes large scale ship models, uniforms, medals, paintings, photographs and written accounts of the conditions endured. Details are held of every convoy including dates, ship's names and losses. The Volunteers will be pleased to assist any Visitors who have a family connection to the convoys to learn more.

The collection of ship and aircraft models will delight children and adults alike. The exhibition includes a video presentation of several films taken during the convoy passages to Russia. There is also a diorama of airfields in Russia and Stornoway. Younger visitors are invited to take a Convoy Quiz to help them engage with the exhibits.

Be sure to take a look at 'Bertie' the 1940's NAAFI van, who lives in the adjacent camouflaged garage next to the Museum, before you go. He has a very interesting display of his own, including genuine NAAFI china wear, and WWII recipes that may raise a few eyebrows!

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