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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  • This was closed although it said open but the location is amazing and we will be coming back. The buildings look amazing and we enjoyed looking at them. Just a shame we couldn't get in  more »
  • The Museum is too graceful. Recreates the ancient dwellings and the lifestyle of the past. You can see tools of the past, the roofs of houses with stones etc. very cute. nearby you can also see the cemetery that houses the tomb of Flora MacDonald, Scottish heroine.
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  • The museum is nice, recreating Skye life as it was, and the gift shop is surprisingly modern and bountiful. They sell just about every souvenir you can think of and then some. This is next to the Flor...  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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