Thank you so much for following along on Instagram (@thewoollythistle and @nh_knits) where I documented our trip to the Scottish Highlands and Islands. We had 30 days of travel, fun, family, good weather(!) and lots of woolly goodness.
A huge thank you to my hubby, Jay, who looked after the shop while we were running around and through the heather. And thank YOU for shopping while we were gone. You guys are the best!
As a way for me to remember our trip, and to give you a heads-up on fun things to do in Scotland, I'm going to post a selection of places we visited here.
So let's have a look at one of the first places we visited in the Highlands of Scotland. The Highland Folk Museum is well worth a visit. Located in Newtonmore in the Highlands, it's billed as "Britain's first outdoor museum" and it's free to get in (a donation is gratefully received). It's a great way to spend the afternoon with (or without kids). I found it endlessly fascinating.
The Highland Folk Museum features houses from all different eras and shows how regular folks would have lived in days gone by. You can walk inside the houses, and especially nice for children, you can touch what's inside (for the most part).
One of my favorites was a home from the 1940's. The wood paneling and picture of the Queen were typical for houses of that time. And look! Crochet!
The museum also features a school house with a resident teacher who told the kids about the use of "the belt" and had them practicing their writing skills using a quill pen and ink. (I remember the belt well as it wasn't outlawed until the early 80's - I'll never tell whether I got the belt, or not!!)
We bought sweets at the sweetie shop and looked around an old post office. Much to my delight here were chickens scratching around outside as we mulled around.
We also found a tailor/seamstress shop.
We learned that sheep farming was important to the Highlanders, and saw a house that included a sheep fank - stone walls built in order to keep and sort sheep when shearing or dosing. I wonder if that's where the word "fankle" comes from (fankle means to be in a mess, for example, my yarn is in a "fankle") because without a fank the sheep would be unorganized. You can see fanks all over the Highlands seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
When you enter the Highland Folk Museum you are in the middle of the exhibit. I've been describing what you find to your left (and there's much more I haven't shared here). However, if you go to your right, they have reconstructed a village from the 1700's and in fact, scenes from Outlander were filmed here.
I hope you've enjoyed our quick jaunt around Highland Folk Museum. I look forward to going back again next time, so if you're in the area, definitely go check it out.