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The Skye Musium of Island Life

By tommyld
The Skye Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir, Isle of Skye was opened in 1965. The aim was to preserve a township of thatched cottages, each one depicting, as closely as possible, the conditions prevailing on the island at the close of the nineteenth century...
There are very few old-fashioned thatched cottages to be seen today in the Highlands. A hundred years or so ago thatched houses were very much a part of the Highland scene and within their walls, by the light of the peat fire - the crofters of the Islands kept alive the songs and stories which have made the Hebrides famous throughout the worldWarm, sturdy and economical of scarce materials, the croft house was admirably suited to the landsacpe and the climate. It embodied the principles of streamlining hundreds of years before scientists thought of the idea, with the result that it could stand up to the worst of the winter gales. As their number fast diminish, it is appropriate that a few should be preserved; and it was with this in mind that this group of old thatched buildings was set aside as a museum.

The first cottage to be opened to the public - in 1965 - was the dwelling-house which dates back to the mid-ninetenth century. This cottage is a good example of the typical Skye house of that era, when houses on the island with very few exceptions, were of this standard and type. By present-day standards the old Highland house was basic and crude but nevertheless, it was adequate in its own day and gave shelter and warmth to men and women who spent most of their time out of doors and cared little about worldly possessions or domestic luxury.

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fentiger 18 920 24 England
28 Jul 2012 10:36PM
A fine set of record shots.


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Ray42 11 3 England
29 Jul 2012 7:39AM
An interesting series - enjoyed them all
CaroleS Plus
9 440 3 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2012 8:15AM
I can just imagine everything when it was working. Great set of images.
moiral 9 12 Scotland
30 Jul 2012 8:03PM
I would love to visit Skye one of these days Tommy. This looks like a lovely interesting place to visit. Nice set of shots. Moira
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
31 Jul 2012 3:34PM
Lovely set Tommy, fine detail and colour in all,
PaulLiley 10 2 13 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 10:54PM
Great set and very interesting write up. paul

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