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Skye Museum of Island Life

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For a relatively small Island, Skye has a wide range of things to see and do.  From waterfalls that plunge directly into the sea to a range of extraordinary hills known as the Quiraing formed by one of the largest landslides recorded.  Near to the tip of Skye’s Trotternish Peninsula is the Skye Museum of Island Life that overlooks the spectacular waters of the Minch and the Western Isles.

The Museum allows visitors to experience what life was like for the inhabitants of Skye and other Highland and Island locations around the end of the 1800’s.  This way of life has all but vanished but is kept alive at the Skye Museum of Island Life which is comprised of seven cottages.  Four of these buildings have been fitted out and styled to represent the period during which they would have been used.

The site has a good carpark, gift shop and two small museums.  The Old Crofthouse is the biggest of the seven cottages and best demonstrates what real life would have been like for the people that lived there. There is an Old Smithy, a Weaver’s House and great displays outdoors of period farming equipment. There are also excellent displays including the story of Flora MacDonald, who had to dress up Bonnie Prince Charlie as a spinning maid in order to help him escape to safety.  Flora’s grave is close to the museum and worth a visit.

The Skye Museum of Island Life opened in 1965.



Camping and Caravanning Club Site
A850 (Rd), Loch Greshornish Borve, Portree
Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV51 9PS
+44 (0)1470 582 230

Contact Details

  • Address: Kilmuir, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - IV51 9UE
  • GPS: 57.6602658149113,-6.368881538653568
  • Phone: +44 (0) 1470 552 206
  • Part of UK: Scotland
  • Sat Nav Postcode: IV51 9UE
  • Entrance Fees: Yes (Very reasonable)
  • Disabled Access: Good
  • Visibility from Road: Excellent (Exterior only)
  • Website:

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