Skye Museum of Island Life
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Where: Skye Museum of Island Life, Isle of Skye
When: 31 Mar - 01 Oct 2013
Opening hours: 9:30am-5pm
Website: Visit website
Skye Museum of Island Life is a celebration of the way residents of Skye have lived, and the challenges they have faced and overcome. Visitors can learn how scarcity of material led to a unique building technique. In fact the museum itself is housed in these unique buildings each with its own theme.
The Weaver’s cottage, the Barn, and the Blacksmith’s are packed with implements, instruments, tools and artefacts from the past. The Ceilidh House was neighbours met together in the long winter evenings, and now contains many old documents and photographs of Skye. The Croft house itself, with its open peat fire always burning, gives a real feel for life on a Skye croft in the early 20th century. Give yourself a chance to explore this piece of history, brought vividly to life here.
You can even visit the memorial to Flora MacDonald, 'Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart,' in Kilmuir Cemetery, just behind the Museum.
The Skye Museum of Island Life
Kilmuir, By Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9UE
From Portree, the museum can be reached; (a) via the east coast road to Staffin (A855). Passing below the imposing Quiraing Hills, you follow the coast to Flodigarry and Duntulm. Here stand the ruins of Duntulm Castle, for centuries the residence of the MacDonalds – Lords of the Isles. The museum is two miles south of Duntulm; or (b) taking the road west from Portree you drive north via Borve and Kensaleyre to Uig on the A87. From Uig you continue north to Kilmuir via the coast road with its marvellous views of the Minch and Outer Hebrides. The museum is about six miles north of Uig on the A855.
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