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Skye Museum of Island Life, Isle of Skye

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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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  • While a bit on the small side, the museum provided an excellent overview of the diverse occupations required to make ends meet for typical Skye inhabitants. The exhibits were extremely informative... 
    While a bit on the small side, the museum provided an excellent overview of the diverse occupations required to make ends meet for typical Skye inhabitants. The exhibits were extremely informative...  more »
  • Authentic stone and thatch huts house different 'rooms' such as living areas, forge, etc. Each is packed with memorabilia and exhibits which could tell many a story. There are information boards in... 
    Authentic stone and thatch huts house different 'rooms' such as living areas, forge, etc. Each is packed with memorabilia and exhibits which could tell many a story. There are information boards in...  more »
  • I really enjoyed this excursion its nice just to step back in time and get a real feel of Scotland in the past It was a pleasant meander around 
    I really enjoyed this excursion its nice just to step back in time and get a real feel of Scotland in the past It was a pleasant meander around  more »
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  • To be honest, I wasn't expecting much but really enjoyed it. The museum, its information and artefacts highlight the tough life these people lived, right up until 1957. The museum comprises a collection of old crofters buildings, all restored to their original working state, farm machinery, and a gift shop. The staff in the shop were friendly and informative and it was well worth the £5 entrance fee. There are coffee facilities, toilets and it's right next to the cemetery containing the grave of Flora MacDonald, so why not visit both.
  • Very informative if windswept place, gave an excellent insight into crofting life and has a great reasonably priced gift shop attached. There was also the added bonus of the Highland cows making an appearance at the fence!
  • Peaceful stop with great little museum of island life. Seems not so long ago they lived very simply! Hairy cows and graveyard there as well. Bathroom for pay.
  • We did not visit the museum but went to the museum shop and did a lot of purchasing . The shop has many good things to be bought as souvenirs. We spotted very cut highland cows outside the museum and played with them. Please don’t feed anything to the cows. Thr are clean washrooms near by
  • Lovely museum giving an insight into what life on Skye used to be like. £5 entrance fee and there is a lovely little gift shop there too if you want to pick up gifts to take home

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