We were a family group of 4 adults and 4 children, our ages ranging from 3 to 70. We loved it so much that we went back twice. Although it’s free, we were so impressed with what’s on offer that we made a good donation, in the hope that it can afford to remain free. So much of what’s aimed at children these days costs an arm and a leg!
There’s lots to see and do, and it’s certainly worth buying a copy of the Visitors’ Guide so that you don’t miss anything. Be prepared too for a fair amount of walking: the site is about 80 acres and a mile long.
Opened in 1996, it’s still a work in progress, with buildings from a church to a school to a post office to farm buildings from around the Highlands, all dismantled , re-erected and interpreted for the 1930s.
The school house was a hit with the kids, with a school teacher dressed in 1930s style and giving lessons in handwriting. A bit of a nostalgia trip for me too!
On one of the days we were there, a group of young musicians performed in the church. I particularly enjoyed the experience of sitting quietly for an hour and enjoying the virtuosity of the young singers and fiddle players.
There’s also a 1700s Highland township, founded on archaeological excavation and documentary research. All fascinating, with helpful and informative volunteers. This is reached through beautiful woodland walks.
And finally, there’s an excellent play area for the kids, with a nearby shop and café so that adults can relax over a cup of coffee while the kids play.