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TITLE
Crofter's Cottage, Isle of Skye
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_CARD_161
PLACENAME
Skeabost
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Snizort
PERIOD
1960s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12953
KEYWORDS
thatched cottages
thatching
highland cottages
housing
Crofter's Cottage, Isle of Skye

This photograph shows a nicely whitewashed cottage in the north of the Isle of Skye, possibly near Skeabost. The style of cottage was very much determined by the location and the climate and was found in all the townships in the Highlands and Islands. Dwellings were constructed from stone quarried nearby, and the roof timbers were often driftwood that had washed up on the shores, as wood was in limited supply. The thatch would have been made from local reeds and rushes. The walls, often up to three feet thick, had rounded corners to withstand the gales of winter.

This cottage was tucked down into the surrounding hillock, with a byre nearby, all connected by a substantial stone wall encircling the livestock. Although these cottages appear basic by later standards, they were solid and provided warmth and shelter for families who spent most of their lives out of doors.


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Crofter's Cottage, Isle of Skye

INVERNESS: Snizort

1960s

thatched cottages; thatching; highland cottages; housing

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Dualchas Postcards

This photograph shows a nicely whitewashed cottage in the north of the Isle of Skye, possibly near Skeabost. The style of cottage was very much determined by the location and the climate and was found in all the townships in the Highlands and Islands. Dwellings were constructed from stone quarried nearby, and the roof timbers were often driftwood that had washed up on the shores, as wood was in limited supply. The thatch would have been made from local reeds and rushes. The walls, often up to three feet thick, had rounded corners to withstand the gales of winter. <br /> <br /> This cottage was tucked down into the surrounding hillock, with a byre nearby, all connected by a substantial stone wall encircling the livestock. Although these cottages appear basic by later standards, they were solid and provided warmth and shelter for families who spent most of their lives out of doors. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>