Highland Folk Museum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Re-created 1700 crofting township
In 1944 Dr Isobel Grant opened a museum of Highland culture at Kingussie, in the Cairngorms. The museum brought together not only a vast array of cultural material from traditional Highland life over the centuries, but acted as a home for traditional buildings, many saved from destruction, taken down, and re-erected on the museum site.
In 1995 the museum relocated to the edge of Newtonmore, where the collection of historic buildings has grown.
The historic buildings represent a wonderful array of Highland life, from a traditional Isle of Lewis blackhouse to a school building made of corrugated iron from Kirkhill near Inverness. The school is completely furnished inside to reflect how it looked in 1937.
Perhaps the star of the show is a complete Highland township moved here from Easter Raitts, in the Spey Valley and re-named Baile Gean, which translates as 'Township of Goodwill'. The township spans the period from the later Middle Ages through the 18h century and is presented as it would have looked in the year 1700. These crofting buildings were made with timber cruck-frames, and earth walls atop a stone foundation, with a thatched roof. Peat fires burn inside some of the houses, and livestock wander among the buildings.
Here you can see a weaver's house, barn, stockman's house, cottar's house, kiln barn, pigman's house, and much more, laid out as they would have been in their original home.
There are other fascinating buildings including a 1930s croft house, a replica of the hut used by the Newtonmore curling club, standing beside a curling lake. Then there's a sawmill building from Ardverikie, and a complete Traveller's encampment with washing hung out to dry.
One striking building is a corrugated iron and timber church brought from Leanach, on the Culloden Battlefield. This fascinating building was erected from a kit in 1900. It was declared redundant in 1980 and was moved to Newtonmore in 1987.
See a a shinty pavilion, the old post office from Glenlivet, a smokehouse, shepherd's bothy, and a farm steading. See workshops used by traditional tradesmen including clockmakers, tailors, smiths, and joiners.
The wonderful thing about the Highland Folk Museum is that it continues to grow and add more rescued buildings, reflecting the traditional Highland way of life.
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About Highland Folk Museum
Address: Kingussie Road, Newtonmore, Highlands, Highland, Scotland, PH20 1AY
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: On the eastern edge of Newtonmore on the A86. Free parking.
Website: Highland Folk Museum
Phone: 01540 673551
Photo Credit: John S Ross, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Clan Macpherson Museum - 0.9 miles (Museum)
Ruthven Barracks - 2.5 miles (Historic Building)
Doune of Rothiemurchus - 13 miles (Historic House)
Cairngorms National Park - 16.4 miles (Countryside)
Carrbridge Packhorse Bridge - 18.3 miles (Historic Building)
Loch Garten Osprey Centre - 19.5 miles (Countryside)
Abernethy Forest - 19.5 miles (Countryside)
Urquhart Castle - 21.6 miles (Castle)
Nearest Accommodation to Highland Folk Museum:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Highland Folk Museum. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
7 The Parade
Highlands and Islands
Tel: 01479 810930