THE Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum received a major boost as it achieved Nationally Significant to Scotland status.

The “unique collection” at Stirling Castle is among 10 regimental museums around the country that collectively received recognition from Museums Galleries Scotland on behalf of the government at Holyrood.

It is hoped the award will boost its profile as it embarks on a £2.6million development project following a fundraising drive under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince William, The Earl of Strathearn.

Rob Layden, chief executive of the museum at the castle, said: “This award provides the museum with national accreditation status that will help secure its sustainable future.

“The endorsement of the Scottish Government enables us to form partnerships that will help encourage visitors to see our unique and fascinating collection for themselves.

“National significance also underlines the historical and cultural value of the collection here at Stirling Castle, reinforcing our case that the regiment’s story is closely intertwined with the history of Scotland.

“We hope it will encourage more people to come and see the unique collection we have here.”

Military material like uniforms, insignia and weapons are featured at the museum, along with fine and decorative art, rare manuscripts and original photographs.

Combined with the collections of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, The Royal Scots, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, the King's Own Scottish Borders Regiment, The Cameronians, The Black Watch, The Highlanders and The Gordon Highlanders more than 160,000 objects are distributed between museums around the country.