This is the Skye Museum of Island Life which was unfortunately closed on the Sunday we were exploring the area. Mr Stoatie managed to get a few photos over the fence, it was all looking rather spick and span. The mountains in the distance are the Outer Isles.
We weren’t too disappointed it was closed as we’d been into the Colbost Croft Museum, which is the other side of Dunvegan Loch from the Castle, the day before. This is a single blackhouse which was rebuilt in 1969 and furnished to show what life was like in the 1800s. It is basically one long room split into two, the larger side was the family’s living area with the fire, dresser, spinning wheel and box bed etc (the ‘mattress’ was heather) and the smaller side was a shed come barn. The floor was just beaten earth. As is traditional they keep a fire burning in the croft, I quite liked the smell of the peat smoke although I expect that it doesn’t do your lungs much good if you’re constantly breathing it in. I guess a lot of the daylight hours were spent outside in the fresh air though. in order to make use of the light.
For some reason Mr Stoatie didn’t take any photos. I expect he was probably distracted by the dogs, if they can’t see you then they settle down quickly, but unfortunately they could see us from the road. Charlie surprised us by suddenly learning to howl which was rather distracting and made the visit rather hurried. I’ve borrowed a photo of the interior from Undiscovered Scotland.