Skye Museum of Island Life, Kilmuir

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Admire the resourcefulness of 19th-century islanders at Skye Museum of Island Life, a museum built in 1965 to preserve a township of thatched cottages. These cottages were once a dominant part of the Highland landscape and the means of survival for the locals. The craft houses--made from just a few materials--were a perfect product of their environment, built sturdy to sustain the wind, and warm to protect from the climate. Tour the museum on your own using the plentiful signage and information to guide you, and step inside the well-preserved Skye houses to see artifacts from day-to-day life. Stop by the gift shop on your way out, where you'll find unique souvenirs handmade locally. Add Skye Museum of Island Life to your Isle of Skye travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Isle of Skye trip planner .
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  • A number of stone houses with various displays from the past. Worth a look and won't take too much time.  more »
  • While exploring beyond Uig, we discovered this gem while seeking Duntulm Castle. Bring cash, 2.50 GBP per adult. And more for the excellent selection of items in their gift shop. The crofts are well p...  more »
  • Worth a quick visit on the way along the coastal road and nice to visit the Flora McDonald monument alongside it.  more »
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  • Loved this, £2.50 to get in. Fascinating look into island life. Realistic with lots to read on the way round. As of September 2017, they didn't take card in the shop but said it would be in 2018. There are toilets. They don't charge to get in but request a contribution as they are under threat. Brilliant visit on the coastal path.
  • The museum will be a nice experience if you aren't familiar with the primitive tools and living. The place has exceptional views on all sides, and photography is allowed inside the museum as well. Arm yourself with a good camera before you visit this place.
  • I expected the family to whizz round the museum as they usually do at others. But they took time to absorb all the history and details that are perfectly set out in a ring of thatched cottages. In a beautiful spot too. The nearby public toilets are a rare bonus, with a suggested 40p minimum donation towards upkeep being entirely reasonable.
  • As museum the exhibition is not the best - the wall text are way too long to read. Not well organised or curated. But there's lot to learn there if you have enough time and patience. Really nice gift shop though! great price
  • Well maintained houses. Very interesting. Had lots of information regarding the history

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Where to stay in Isle of Skye

If you have a car, you can stay almost anywhere on Isle of Skye and still be able to access the major highlights on a day trip. The main town of Portree offers the widest range of options, with a host of bed and breakfasts and inns offering cozy rooms in well-restored old houses. There, you'll enjoy views over Loch Portree and convenient access to any number of pubs and restaurants in town. For something a bit quieter, consider the coastal town of Dunvegan. If visiting during the warmer months--between June and September--reserve your room in advance.
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