Pistols, Dirk and Targe.

Tonight’s post follows on from the Armadale, Skye theme of previous post of Oct 30th., 2018.

The Museum of the Isles is an excellent facility which, although primarily focused on Clan MacDonald affords the visitor the opportunity to drill down and connect with not only Clan MacDonald but wider Western Isles and Scottish history dating back over the millennia.

This Museum would appeal to the more discerning visitor with time to spare. There is also the opportunity to visit the adjacent gardens with ruined castle plus extensive woodland walks. All-up at least half a day could be spent here.

The Museum exhibits cover a vast range of topics, including-but not limited to:

  • Early peoples
  • Dal Riata (Kingdom of the Scots).
  • Somerled
  • Ships and Galleys.
  • Kingship of the Isles. (1117-1480)
  • Clan Donald.
  • The Jacobites.
  • The Forty Five uprising (1745).
  • Disintegration of the Clan system.
  • Tartans.
  • Highland soldiers.
  • Piping.
  • Crofting.
  • Clearances.
  • Emigration, principally of 18th and 19th centuries.

Please note that the various exhibits shown below are contained within glass cabinets and, as such, impact on the quality of the photographs.

Museum of the Isles, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Basket handled swords from 17th century

Mid 18th century flintlocks

Woman’s woven shawl from mid 19th century

Domestic artefacts

Bagpipes c. 1880

Highland Fiddle

Entrance to Museum of the Isles

Larch Skiff, 1897

Replica Stone Circle from Neolithic period

Information on Highland soldiers

Replica bunk on emigrant ship.

Illustration of space allowance on emigrant ship..