The Highland Folk Museum brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland peoples. Visitors to this living history Museum can learn how our Scottish Highland ancestors lived, how they built their homes, how they tilled the soil and how they dressed, in a friendly and welcoming environment. An award winning visitor attraction, the Museum not only encapsulates human endeavour and development in Highland life from the 1700s to the present day, but offers an opportunity to explore a beautiful natural setting, home to red squirrels and tree creepers. A great day out for everyone! NO ENTRY CHARGE - DONATIONS WELCOME!! High Life Highland is a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland No. SC407011 and is a registered Scottish charity No. SC042593
Over 150 years ago our sawmill machinary was first built by Alexander Cameron next to his meal mill in Nethybridge. Eighty one years ago his son Alexander moved the mill to the Ardverikie Estate near Laggan and reinstalled the machinary, which from the 1940s was powered by a paraffin powered Fordson tractor.
The machinery in the sawmill is original but the building is our interpretation of the original, as the only image of the sawmill is of the gable wall. Since we recreated the sawmill we now know that there was only one central side opening for rolling the logs on to the saw bench. The sawmill continued to be used until the late 1950s, making larch fence posts and rails, pine and oak boards and birch firewood from the estates own timber.
We would all like to wish the Women's Team GB Curling team good luck for their semi-final match tomorrow at the Winter Olympics.
Curling has an important place in our museum, this remarkable area of the our collection covers three centuries of curling history. The curling stones make up possibly the most significant collection in any museum anywhere in the world. The brooms in the photo have a silver engraving mounted on them as they were originally given as prizes, the inscription reads "Lachie's Broom, Kingussie V's Newtonmore Jan 1940" and although we don't know the outcome of the match, if the local Shinty games are anything to go by then it would have been hotly contested!
The Pirate stone is an engraved curling stone, which we think would have been personalised to give kudos to its owner as well as make it easier to make sure you got your stone back at the end of the match. BBC Sport BBC Scotland BBC News Team GB
Ever wondered what goes on inside the Am Fasgadh building at the Highland Folk Museum? On the 13 March you can come along to hear about how we’re researching, conserving and storing some of the most fragile and rare objects in our collection. Our Documentation Assistant Helen and Assistant Conservator Rachael will be on hand to discuss the year-long project that they’re working on, making this a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes.
There's no charge or need to book, just come along to Am Fasgadh between 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm, hope to see you there!
If you would like to bring an exhibit to our popular Vintage Day then we would love to hear from you.
If you have a classic or vintage car, truck, tractor, motorcycle, bicycle, stationary engine or bus (or something else) please visit our website and download a booking form - we hope to see you on the Sun 27 May for our sixth Vintage Day!
Seventy seven years ago this week, the Boleskine Shinty Pavilion was hit by shrapnel in an air raid on the British Aluminium Co. Works in Foyers during the Second World War. The dent in its roof is still visible today!
The pavilion was first built in 1930 for Aluminium Works' workers recreational activities, including shinty, sports days, football and cricket. Years later when the Boleskine Camanachd team moved home the pavilion was no longer used and in 2012 it was dismantled and brought to the museum in a joint project with the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust. Look out for the dent when you are next visiting us - thank goodness it wasn't a direct hit! #IFF