Skye Museum of Island Life, Kilmuir

4.4
History Museum · Hidden Gem · 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. 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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  • We went during Covid so the place was closed, however that didn't stop us stopping by and taking some lovely pics of the historic homes. I can see how the place would be very interesting and would...  more »
  • I must say, I am shocked by the number of "excellent" reviews posted here. I don't like to criticize anything that seems like an earnest endeavour: this Museum falls into that category. However, I...  more »
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  • All 7 houses were different and interesting. Marked down because of Sunday closed. If they don't want to open on Sunday for religious beliefs that's fine. Just let someone else open up, as many of your visitors have different opinions and these should be respected as well
  • Great look at how Skye Islanders loved on the past! We got a peek into weaving, blacksmithing, home life, communal life, and got to hear some of the history. It was a great stop. The narratives are shared as well as background on clans, animals and geography. Well worth the stop!
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