Kirbuster Museum was opened to the public in 1986 and 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.
Kirbuster Museum, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2LR.
Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 17:00 (closed between 13:00 and 14:00).
Sunday, 13:00 to 17:00.
The main house, gardens, putting green and Trowie Trail are open.
The house and grounds are open.
At present, staff are unable to guide visitors around the site. Our museum blog has detailed information about Kirbuster Museum and its history which can be accessed from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.
We ask you to use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and leaving the site.
One accessible toilet will be open for public use.
We are sorry that only a limited area of the site is wheelchair accessible.
The museum shop will remain closed for the moment.
Admission is free of charge.
No dogs, except for assistance dogs, are allowed.
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