Skye Museum of Island Life
The Skye Museum of Island Life is an open-air museum in Kilmuir in the north-east corner of the Isle of Skye.
First opened in 1965, the museum preserves a small settlement of thatched cottages which depict life as it was on the island at the end of the 19th century.
Visitors can view various different types of rooms in the croft cottages including a typical kitchen, bedroom and barn as well as the Weaver’s Cottage and the Ceilidh House.
The museum is open from Easter to October and has a small admission fee.
Just behind the museum is Kilmuir Cemetery where Flora MacDonald’s Grave can be found
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- The Skye Museum of Island Life is an open-air museum in Kilmuir in the north-east corner of the Isle of Skye. First opened in 1965, the museum preserves a small settlement of thatched cottages which depict life as it was on the island at the end of the 19th century. Visitors can view various different types of rooms in the croft cottages including a typical kitchen, bedroom and barn as well as the Weaver’s Cottage and the Ceilidh House. The museum is open from Easter to October and has a small admission fee. Just behind the museum is Kilmuir Cemetery where Flora MacDonald’s Grave can be found
- The imposing Celtic cross memorial to Flora MacDonald can be found in Kilmuir Cemetery, on the Trotternish peninsula in the north of the Isle of Skye. The graveyard lies adjacent to the Skye Museum of Island Life Flora MacDonald was buried in 1790 and was famously known as the ‘Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’ or Bonnie Prince Charlie. She was immortalised in the Skye Boat Song, after helping the prince escape from Uist to Skye following his army’s defeat at the Battle of Culloden. There is a small car park attached to the graveyard behind the museum.
- Duntulm Castle is a ruin near the hamlet of Duntulm on the north coast of Trotternish on the Isle of Skye. Built in the 14th and 15th centuries, the castle was first the seat of the Macleod clan and then passed, most likely by force, to the MacDonald clan. Duntulm Castle was abandoned in 1732 when the then Macdonald clan chief built a new property 5 miles away and used much of the castle’s stone for building material. Much of the castle is in a poor condition and stones do continue to crumble away. You can walk along the coastal path to the castle ruins but several signs will advise you that exploring the ruins is at your own risk due to unsecured masonry.
- The Quiraing is a landslip found on the eastern side of Meall na Suiramach which is on Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye. The escarpment of Trotternish Ridge was formed by a series of landslips and the Quiraing is the only part of the slip which moves. This means that the road, which runs around the base of the mountain, has to be repaired every year. Quiraing comes from Old Norse and means ‘round fold’. Within the fold of the Quiraing is The Table, which is a plateau hidden among pillars. Spectacular views from the Quiraing attract many hill walkers – download a map of the walk here www.walkhighlands.co.uk
- Uig is a village on the Trotternish peninsula in the north of the Isle of Skye. The village lies in a protected bay, known for its beautiful scenery. Here you can take advantage of the stunning natural landscape and explore its woodlands, cliff-tops and waterfalls. The birdlife is also abundant and you can expect to see buzzards, herons and, if you’re lucky, oystercatchers. In particular, the Fairy Glen near Uig is worth seeing for its miniature grassy landscape of cone-shaped hills and Ewen’s Castle, a turret-shaped rock. Uig has good facilities for the visitor including shops, a petrol station, pubs and restaurants. You can catch a ferry from Uig over to the Outer Hebridean islands.
- Staffin Bay beach is on the North East of Isle of Syke and is known for it’s dinosaur footprints. No facilities, the beach has limited access with some parking mainly in the west end of the beach dotted around on the local roads. Just around the point to the east you have some parking by the pier and slipway with another small piece of sand.
- Kilt Rock is a sea cliff in the north east of the Trotternish peninsula on the Isle of Skye. The rock is so-called as it resembles a kilt, with the vertical columns of basalt forming the pleats and the dolerite sills the kilt’s pattern. Visitors stop off here, on the road between Portree and Staffin, to view Kilt Rock as there is a large car park as well as Mealt Waterfall, which drops water off the cliff to 170ft below. The waterfall has a designated viewpoint.
- Trumpan Church is a ruined building in the hamlet of Trumpan on the Vaternish peninsula in the north of the Isle of Skye. The church was the scene of a brutal murder in 1578 when the MacDonald clan of Uist burnt down the building including all but one of the church-goers inside. This led to the MacLeod clan taking revenge by killing the invading MacDonalds before they fled Skye, known as the Battle of the Spoiling Dyke. The tiny ruined church now stands alone overlooking the sea. Parking and picnic benches.
- The Old Man of Storr is a strangely-shaped pinnacle of crumbling basalt just off the Trotternish peninsula in the north of the Isle of Skye. It stands at 50m high. The Old Man is part of a series of pinnacles off this part of the coast, known as the Sanctuary. For a walk with spectacular scenery, you can reach the Old Man of Storr by taking the path from the car park in the woods to the north of Loch Leathan. The walk will take around an hour and you will stroll through a forest into a lunar looking landscape.
- Dunvegan Castle is a preserved castle on a rocky promontory on the shores of Loch Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. The seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod clan chief, it is the oldest castle in Scotland to be continuously inhabited and has been the MacLeod family home for 800 years. Visitors to the castle today can tour the castle and estate, as well as stroll through the 5 acres of castle gardens, take a boat trip on Loch Dunvegan or get lost in the maze of the Dunvegan Cup. The castle is open from the end of March to October and has many additional attractions such as a café and gift shop as well as being a wedding venue and offering self-catering accommodation in its estate cottages.
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