Skye Museum of Island Life

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Skye Museum of Island Life
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Anne B
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We went early in the morning before it got to busy and had a fantastic time. We’re from Skye but it was still fabulous looking back at all the amazing items on display in this museum, takes a good couple of hours to see everything in the various buildings. Really authentic and telling the history of Skye in a great way, will definitely go back
£5 per person, worth every penny, nice wee shop and coffee van as well. Plenty parking
Written August 1, 2022
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Debbie B
Thornton Cleveleys, UK12 contributions
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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captcalculus
Washington, West Virginia162 contributions
We spent a few hours here. The Museum consists of a number of buildings each containing different things: a house, a shop, a barn, etc.It was worth the price of admission. Plus the views to the Outer Hebrides was great. If you want to just see the outside, there is no need to pay admission. Also, there is a public toilet close by.
Written January 13, 2020
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Angus
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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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Sarah
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
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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DavyP
13 contributions
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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Aint_Life_Great
Huntsville, AL527 contributions
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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NR99
Edinburgh, UK246 contributions
I really enjoyed this museum, it was one of my favourite things during our week in Skye. It is made up of several crofts, including some in their original places. Nicely done and well laid out. There is also a small but nice gift shop at the entrance with a friendly assistant. Well worth the bargain entrance fee which was £5 per adult and our two children were free. My children aged 10 and 12, both enjoyed this too.

An interesting glimpse into real life in a croft and lots of information about life in Skye over the years and quite a bit on Bonnie Prince Charlie. I was more interested in the 'real life' aspects than Bonnie Prince Charlie, but good to see all the same – also when we arrived at the museum, we realised that Kilmuir cemetery was right beside it, so popped in there after to see Flora MacDonald's grave – and Alexander McQueen – only realised he was there as his gravestone stood out.
Written July 20, 2022
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Ammi Dhaliwal
7 contributions
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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Beachdeac
Gaiole in Chianti, Italy343 contributions
What a great little museum set in a village of crofter's houses of stone and thatch. While I knew my 9 greats grandfather lived on Skye and served as a minister at Snizort, I did not know his role in the reformation in Scotland. In the house that dealt with religion, there was his name and reference to the significant role he played. Beyond that, it does give a glimpse into just how tough life was in the 1700's.
Written July 28, 2022
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