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Croft House Museum

Boddam Category Museums & Galleries, Historic Sites
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Step back in time at this restored 19th century thatched cottage and see how Shetlanders would have lived in the 1870s.

Picturesquely situated on the coast of Boddam, a village in Dunrossness, this traditional crofthouse was inhabited until the late 1960s. It has since been restored to how it would have appeared when a fisherman, sailor or seaman lived here with his extended family.

Designed to withstand Shetland’s harsh weather conditions, the living quarters, byre and barn would have been accessible all under one roof. Smell the peat fire burning in what was called the ‘but end’ – the kitchen and living area – and see the handmade box bed and bunks the ‘ben end’ or bedroom. There is also a lovely garden outside with a path which leads to a restored watermill. The building is not suitable for wheelchair access.

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