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
We are delighted to announce our success in a recent bid for grant support from Museums Galleries Scotland's Museum Development Fund. The grant will fund a two-year project to develop and promote High Life Highland’s superb collections of memorabilia and material culture relating to the emblematic Highland sport of shinty. The project commences in early Spring 2019 and will be delivered in close consultation with Badenoch Shinty Memories, with input from the Camanachd Association, Sports Heritage Scotland, the Highland Print Studio, the Highland Senior Citizens Network, the Badenoch Heritage Great Place Project and others.
It will be accompanied by engagement activities and outreach programmes designed to garner support from the many clubs, communities and individuals involved in shinty in Badenoch, the wider Highlands, across Scotland and around the world. The aim of the project will be to establish the Highland Folk Museum as the recognised repository for a National Collection of Shinty Memorabilia and Material Culture, with official endorsement from the Camanachd Association and Museums Galleries Scotland
The silver mounted caman (pictured) is in our collection and dates from 1913 when it was won by the captain of Kingussie Shinty team. Kingussie won the Camanachd Cup that year and the captain was William Macgillivary. He was one of the Kingussie players who sadly did not return from WW1.
Work has begun to clear the site for our latest historic building. Our blacksmith’s workshop will stand next to the garage and to make way for this we are moving the stachle stones into the croft area.
Stachle stones were used as a base for corn ricks. Wooden planks were stretched between the stones and from each of the outer ring to the centre stone. The corn rick, or stack, was then built on top of this raised framework, keeping the grain dry and ventilated. The overhang from the stone base to the round, mushroom- like top also deterred rats and mice from climbing into the stack.
The stachle stones will be placed next to our Victorian, cast-iron rick stand. Made in Edinburgh, the iron stand uses the exact same principles but a new material. Cast iron, one of the products of the industrial revolution replaced the traditional stone. In many small Highland farms and crofts simple circles of boulders provided bases for the corn ricks.