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Skye Museum of Island Life

Address: Kilmuir, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Kilmuir
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Madison, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This museum on the Trotternish Peninsula is well worth a stop. The collected croft buildings are chock full of memorabilia from the past and the photos in the Ceilidh House are a lovely tribute to the people of an earlier time. A must see!

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Portland, Oregon
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59 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Skye Museum of Island Life has preserved several thatched cottages that depict what the crofter's life on Skye was like at the end of the 19th century. There is nothing else quite like it that can give you a feel for how difficult it must have been to survive in these rustic, harsh conditions. These were people who spent... More 

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Isle of Skye
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Skye history at it's best, a must for tourists and locals. The documents they hold telling of the ancestors tough lives is enlightening. The old Black house are very authentic.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We so enjoyed this taste of Scottish history. We felt that we truly saw how the Scottish Croft farmers lived and worked. Without this museum, I feel we would have missed an important of the Scottish Highland history.

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Canada
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170 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It's quite impressive to see dwellings from the past once you arrive near the Skye Museum of Island Life. Quite attractive to the eye! I was unaware that there was supposed to be no photography inside the huts. Most of the information was history from this very surroundings. Informative to many, but at my age I would forget quite rapidly... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The family and I really enjoyed the museum. There's a lot more to see than you imagine and it's such a nice visual experience of the past. It's brilliant with small children because they get the concepts more when you show them the real setting of the past. I must admit I got quite excited explaining things to my youngest... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

It does a nice job of showing what crofting life was like in the early days. Reproductions of the granite-walled, thatched homes which were shared by both people and cows.

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Nice little museum consisting of a few crofter houses with nice exhibitions and comprehensive information.

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was the most fascinating experience I had it , during my visit to this museum. On one side the mystery and tranquillity of the sea , on another side the intelligence of human minds who knew to survive the elements in a simple and harmonious way. I will take my sons to visit it as soon as possible. It... More 

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Chigwell, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Gives a real feel for island life back down the years intertwined with local history. Well laid out in old island cottages with a wealth of information to enrich any visit to this wonderful island.

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