Skye Museum of Island Life
Museum in Isle of Skye
The Skye Museum of Island Life is a museum in Kilmuir, Skye, Scotland, which is dedicated to preserving a township of thatched cottages as they would have been on Skye at the end of the 18th century. Step back in time and experience how islanders really lived at the unique and informative Skye Museum of Island Life. Walking into the museum is like stepping back in time to an old Highland village.
The museum, which consists of seven traditional thatched cottages, offers visitors a unique experience and a true insight into island life 100 years ago. Opened in 1965, the aim of the museum was to completely preserve a township of thatched cottages, each depicting the conditions that 19th century crofters faced.
Among the many displays, is the old Graham family home, the village smithy, the weaver’s house, and a vast array of crofting tools, displays and equipment. There are also pictorial and historical archives, including the story of Flora MacDonald, who famously disguised Bonnie Prince Charlie as a spinning maid and smuggled him to safety.