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THE SKYE MUSEUM OF ISLAND LIFE

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HISTORY

MUSEUM OF ISLAND LIFE

Warm, sturdy and economical of scarce materials, the croft house was admirably suited to the landsacpe and the climate. It embodied the principles of streamlining hundreds of years before scientists thought of the idea, with the result that it could stand up to the worst of the winter gales. As their number fast diminish, it is appropriate that a few should be preserved; and it was with this in mind that this group of old thatched buildings was set aside as a museum.

The first cottage to be opened to the public – in 1965 – was the dwelling-house which dates back to the mid-ninetenth century. This cottage is a good example of the typical Skye house of that era, when houses on the island with very few exceptions, were of this standard and type. By present-day standards the old Highland house was basic and crude but nevertheless, it was adequate in its own day and gave shelter and warmth to men and women who spent most of their time out of doors and cared little about worldly possessions or domestic luxury.

James Boswell in an account of his visit to Skye along with Dr. Johnson in 1773 describes a house in which they stayed in south Skye. He states: ‘We had no rooms that we could command, for the good people here had no notion that a man could have any occasion but for a mere sleeping-place’.

The Skye Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir, Isle of Skye was opened in 1965.

There are very few old-fashioned thatched cottages to be seen today in the Highlands.

The museum offers visitors a unique experience and a true insight into island life a 100 years ago.

Contact The Skye Museum of Island Life

Step back in time to an old Highland village…

Get in touch

Address:

Kilmuir
By Portree
Isle of Skye
IV51 9UE

Phone:

+44(0) 1470 552 206