Moirlanich Longhouse
Moirlanich Longhouse
Moirlanich Longhouse is an outstanding example of a 19th-century cruck frame cottage and byre, set in beautiful Glen Lochay countryside near Killin, and retaining many original features.
The cottage offers a tantalising glimpse into late 19th-century life in rural Scotland. The walls are made of two layers of lime-washed drystone rubble, and the longhouse was originally roofed with thatch, but this replaced in the 1940s with functional - if not terribly attractive - corrugated tin.

Cruck Timbers
The beauty of the longhouse is its cruck construction, unusual in the Scottish Highlands, made by bending pairs of green timbers to a point, linked by a cross-beam to form an A-shape. This type of construction was common in England, especially during the Middle Ages, but is rare in Scotland. The cruck timbers have been left exposed inside at the byre end of the cottage so visitors can see this traditional form of construction.

The longhouse is divided by pairs of cruck timbers into 5 bays. The dairy, kitchen, and 'best room' have been restored to how they would have looked in the early 20th century. Joined to the dairy is the byre, where animals were kept. In the kitchen is a hingin’ lum, or hanging chimney, made of wooden laths. The lum helped guide smoke from the open hearth out through a flue and through the roof.

Inside the Longhouse
The Robertson family lived here at Moirlanich from 1809 or earlier, and the longhouse remains almost completely unaltered since the last member of the family died in 1968. Look for traditional box beds and a Scotch dresser. The walls were lined with 'wallpaper' made of old newspapers, and several examples of these period-pieces have been separated for visitors to look at in detail.

Many of the house contents are original to the house, while others have been brought in from elsewhere to match the time period and the anecdotal evidence from people who knew the Robertson family.

The Exhibition
Next door to the longhouse is a Display Hut, once used as the farm's tool store, with an exhibit of clothes discovered in the house, including work clothes and 'Sunday best' for social occasions. There are old photos of the building, documents, and details of the longhouse restoration. There are also examples of archaeological finds from the area. The longhouse was purchased by the National Trust for Scotland in 1968, and NTS staff are on hand to explain about the house, its residents, and how they lived. Seasonal opening.