Isle of Skye Thatched Cottages

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This picture is of old style Isle of Skye Thatched Cottages.

There are very few old-fashioned thatched cottages to be seen today in the Highlands. A hundred years or so ago thatched houses were very much a part of the Highland scene and within their walls, by the light of the peat fire – the crofters of the Islands kept alive the songs and stories which have made the Hebrides famous throughout the world.

The ones photographed here are now home to the Skye Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir, Isle of Skye which opened in 1965. The aim was to preserve a township of thatched cottages, each one depicting, as closely as possible, the conditions prevailing on the island at the close of the nineteenth century.

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