Skye Museum of Island Life
Skye Museum of Island Life
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  • Sarah H
    San Diego, California9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Skip this Great Museum
    My husband and I loved our visit to the Skye Museum of Island Life. We spent a few hours looking at each cottage and found something for the both of us - war history for him and daily life and experiences living in Skye for me. Each cottage was full of items to look at and were staged wonderfully. The staff were very sweet and the visit was extremely affordable. We grabbed drinks and an amazing vegan brownie at the coffee shop on site and picked up the cutest highland cow ornament for our Christmas tree. We were so glad we stopped by during our trip to the Isle of Skye and would recommend to anyone visiting who wants to find out more about the people who called this island home.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Camper04307448602
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and informative
    There are old cottages with some historic items and panels with description…i recommend to take time and read it, you will learn a lot. And there are some fun facts. Coffee place was open, with nice view from the bench in front of it. And I finally saw some of the Scottish cows which are on all the souvenirs. They have two of them there!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • ELIZABETH B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss the Deli
    The museum itself is great for all the family and I have visited many times but today I tried the Deli/Takeaway for the first time. Fresh brioche baguettes, lovely cakes and excellent coffee. Polite and efficient staff even under lunchtime pressure. I will be back very soon.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 22, 2023
  • therealmcgaughey
    32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serious Place. Don't Bring Little Kids or Dogs!
    Way more than just wax figures here! Everything is authentic and well-preserved. But, this is a reading-intensive museum. It is not full of colorful, fun, interactive exhibits. Here is definitely NOT a fit for little kids. Also not a place for dogs, says this dog lover! Everything is kind of cramped and dark. Informative, though, for sure. I learned a TON about the highland clearances here, for instance. Also, more crowded than I would have expected for it being a serious history exhibit. I would steer clear if you have kids with you or you're not a history nerd.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 24, 2024
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Sarah
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
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 feel like I must be critical so prospective tourists aren't disappointed, like my brother and I were.

The museum has a surfeit of information and they are poor at sharing it. For example, one cottage is lined by huge information boards filled with dense writing. My brother and I are history buffs, big readers, and interested in minute details. It's impossible to really gain anything from these information boards, which are repetitive, contradictory, and exhausting to read. I walked away upset because I wanted to learn the information and it was impossible.

Then, bizarrely, the cottages that display artefacts and objects from everyday "Island Life" have virtually no information whatsoever.

We were very excited to visit this museum. We left the museum extremely disappointed and still talk about our negative experience. If you're interested in learning about crofting, find another way to do so.
Written April 24, 2020
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NigelBN
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
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 each hut. I'm not a great museum visitor - I glaze over and truly rarely take things in or grasp the reality of what is being illustrated. For me, I like a real person telling me and bringing it to life; and that's virtually every museum I've ever been to. So, I tend to skim through fairly quickly. But if you like absorbing atmosphere as you read and examine what is here, you could spend hours here. No catering, but I think I recollect that it does have toilets.
Written November 23, 2022
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Debbie B
Thornton Cleveleys, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
What a wonderful museum and to think we almost missed it on a wild, wet and windy drive around the Trotternish Peninsular. I'm so glad we drove back to it. It is the story of life on a Croft ( Agricultural landholding) from over 100 years ago with each thatched cottage laid out as it would have been then. The Croft house with a bedroom and kitchen, a barn, a weavers house and others. The "crofters" made the best of what they had and this museum depicts what a hard life they would have endured. Lots of informative pieces of history of life on Skye in the 19th century and earlier. Entry was £5 and we spent over an hour there. Well worth the money. There is also a small gift shop with very reasonable prices.
Written May 13, 2022
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Sarah H
San Diego, CA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
My husband and I loved our visit to the Skye Museum of Island Life. We spent a few hours looking at each cottage and found something for the both of us - war history for him and daily life and experiences living in Skye for me. Each cottage was full of items to look at and were staged wonderfully. The staff were very sweet and the visit was extremely affordable. We grabbed drinks and an amazing vegan brownie at the coffee shop on site and picked up the cutest highland cow ornament for our Christmas tree. We were so glad we stopped by during our trip to the Isle of Skye and would recommend to anyone visiting who wants to find out more about the people who called this island home.
Written July 16, 2023
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Angus
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Great insight into the past on the Isle. Each cottage tells a story and the information is very good. Stepping into the cottages gives the the feeling of just how the people lived. The views over the land and to the sea are fantastic. Great admission price and well worth the drive to visit.
Written April 30, 2022
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Ammi Dhaliwal
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
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 visit again. The part of the Island the museum is in is gorgeous and the light is stunning. You do feel as if you are on top of the world - it's windy so hats off!
Written August 26, 2020
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DavyP
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
What a little gem of a museum. Great displays and highly informative on the history of Skye and the hardships endured by crofters. The displays in the houses are well labelled with clear explinations. Definitely worth a visit even if it is just to hear the wonderful receptionist speak her native Gaelic tongue.
Written April 25, 2022
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Camper04307448602
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
There are old cottages with some historic items and panels with description…i recommend to take time and read it, you will learn a lot. And there are some fun facts. Coffee place was open, with nice view from the bench in front of it. And I finally saw some of the Scottish cows which are on all the souvenirs. They have two of them there!
Written August 15, 2023
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ELIZABETH B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The museum itself is great for all the family and I have visited many times but today I tried the Deli/Takeaway for the first time. Fresh brioche baguettes, lovely cakes and excellent coffee. Polite and efficient staff even under lunchtime pressure. I will be back very soon.
Written August 22, 2023
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Aint_Life_Great
Huntsville, AL527 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Skye Museum is worth a stop when driving the Trotternish Peninsula. The cottages and displays give you a good sense of life in the times past. Definitely worth the £5 admission fee. Extra bonus - the cute “hairy coos” next to the parking lot.
Written June 22, 2022
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