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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. 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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  • Very helpful staff and an amazing location make this a must see along the way. Learn about the life in Skye before the Highland Clearances and the hows and whys of the events leading to so many people...  more »
  • Went to the museum today for a visit and wasn't disappointed,it was lovely to see old, original houses and get a feel of what life was like for people living in them ! Really informative and education...  more »
  • Great way to see what island life was like. They have meticulously done each "building". If you are in the neighbourhood it should be seen. Additionally Flora MacDonald is buried in the cemetery there...  more »
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  • A cute little museum with villages and huts preserved from older times depicting everyday Highland crofting life. There's a lovely trail out back to Flora MacDonald's memorial in a small cemetery out back.
  • Great example of highland way of life, jaw dropping views of the outer Hebrides (on a clear day)..
  • Small museum that provide BIG experience. It was an island house before converted into a museum. Many local historical stuffs from ancient tools and equipments to jurassic evidence are on displayed.
  • Gives you a real sense of what life was like up to the very recent past.
  • This old house is really small but let people know how the Island life was.