Orkney Islands Council
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Kirbuster Museum

Interior shot of Kirbuster Museum. 

Kirbuster Museum was opened to the public in 1986. It is the last un-restored example of a traditional ‘firehoose’ in Northern Europe. The house has a central hearth, complete with peat fire, and a stone neuk bed reminiscent of the Neolithic interiors that can be seen at sites such as Skara Brae, Orkney. Kirbuster was occupied up until the 1960s and was once the home of the Spence and Hay families.

The site also has an Edwardian parlour and Victorian Gardens. The implement shed contains a collection of farming memorabilia and visitors can enjoy a game of putting on the green and explore the Trowie Trail in the back garden.

An excellent place to visit if you are researching your Orkney ancestry, to get a flavour of what life was like in Orkney in bygone years.

Contact Details

Address

Kirbuster Museum, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2LR.

Telephone

01856771268.

Opening Times

1 March 2016 – 31 October 2016

Monday – Saturday, from 10:30 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00.

Sunday, from 12:00 to 17:00.

1 November 2016 – 28 February 2017

Closed.

Admission

Admission is free of charge.

No dogs, except for assistance dogs, are allowed.

Further Information

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