Kirbuster Museum

Kirbuster Museum interior.

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.

Contact Details


Kirbuster Museum, Birsay, Orkney, KW17 2LR.



Opening Times

1 March 2018 – 31 October 2018

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

Sunday, from 12:00 to 17:00.

1 November 2018 – 28 February 2019



Admission is free of charge.

No dogs, except for assistance dogs, are allowed.

Further Information

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Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535


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