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Skye Museum of Island Life

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Address: Kilmuir, Scotland
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A step back in time

We came upon this little out door Museum by chance as we were exploring Skye. The buildings are well preserved and each one has a notice on the door stating what the building... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We came upon this little out door Museum by chance as we were exploring Skye. The buildings are well preserved and each one has a notice on the door stating what the building represented, for example The Weavers House contained a large loom, fabric and dozens of other artefacts. Like wise the Old Croft House and Smithy to name just... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Was only a £2.50 entrance fee and was worth it. Were about 5 or 6 different buildings to visit all packed with items and artefacts. There were heaps of information boards explaining everything about island life from shoe making to fishing. Was really informative, would definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Cheap entrance fee and a real eye opener to how the Skye folk lived not that long ago. My dad told me his granny (who lived nearby) only visited Portree once in her life, found it too big and busy and so never went back. I used to find that rather hard to believe - until I saw this place!... More 

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Bunbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A nice little look into how life used to be on the Isle of skye A stunning setting on a gorgeous day! Worth a stop & also to see the grave of Flora Macdonald just up the road from it

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Maroochydore, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

No photos were allowed inside so I only posted a couple of photos of the cottages which were simple stone, with thatched roofs. The contents inside were very informative and a good selection of household goods, furniture and things generally needed at the time.

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Garden City, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

A true and enjoyable incite to how the Scottish Croft farmers lived and worked. A lot of tourist stops shows you a world that most of our ancestors never enjoyed, this shows us what it was like for most of our ancestors. Without this museum, you would miss an important part of the Scottish Highland people's history. A place to... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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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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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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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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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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