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Skye Museum of Island Life, Kilmuir

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History Museum
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. Using our world travel planner, Isle of Skye attractions like Skye Museum of Island Life can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Unfortunately closed for the off season but still worth a trip to see these beautiful buildings and the vernacular detailing.  more »
  • economic price. Set in a village of the time, all the houses retain the garments and arrangements of those times, you sewing machines, utensils of ploughings and other very rudimentary tools for weaving wool, shoes... but who do you lean as vivian at that time. Also there are documents of the time... very educational... to little meters is a cemetery where this buried Flora mcdonald
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed this museum. It gave us a very good idea of the crofters' lives and of the buildings on the island.  more »
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  • Wow it was great! Museum is spread among several old cottages and is very well kept. £3 per person entry. Toilets are donation and recommend 50p so please pay it as it helps keep it open for others.
  • Very cheap and sweet museum, with a large amount of information at hand. Lovely place to stop and find out about local history.
  • Nicely built small houses mimiking old day houses. Exhibits were also very informative.
  • Interesting museum with a lot of information on daily life of Isle of Skye residents in the past.
  • Small place but good for a short stop.