The Highland Folk Museum is a gem of a place, snuggled away off the A9 in the charming, quaint village of Newtonmore in Scotland. A mile-long open air collection of historical buildings, shows how life used to be through the ages. The folk museum was the vision of a Dr Isobel.F. Grant, who wrote the book “Highland Folk Ways” in 1961. Having been inspired by an open air museum in Scandinavia she returned to Scotland to open her first museum in a disused church on the Island of Iona before moving to a larger site in Laggan, not far from it’s current location. She then purchased land in Kingussie to hold her vast collection.
The museum now sits in 80 acres of prime, green, lush land and has fantastic views of the mountains of the Cairngorms. We had an excellent morning peacefully strolling around, and because the buildings are so spread out it really feels like you are in an old fashioned village. I almost felt out of place in my jeans and trainers, especially when we visited the 1930’s classroom! The teacher stood at her desk with a belt in her hands and we sat at the tiny wooden desks practising our handwriting with the ink well and nib. I even hid my camera, it felt so out of place. I got marked 8 1\2 out of 10 though, not bad for not being old enough to have ever used them before.