Shetland Croft House Museum
Shetland Croft House Museum
This croft house gives a picture of mid-19th century rural life in an environment where the menfolk tended to fish while women and children worked the land. This cottage at Boddam was in use until the 1960s, and has been maintained to show how a typical 19th century crofting family would have lived.
The simple thatched stone cottage is split into two ends; with sleeping quarters at one end and a kitchen at the other. The living area is joined under a single roof to a barn and a byre. Everything within the cottage was made with material collected from the area, including even the kitchen appliances. Self-sufficiency was a necessary way of life for crofting families in this sometimes harsh environment.