Laidhay Croft Museum


This museum, just over a mile north of Dunbeath, recreates crofting life from the mid-1800s to WWII. It's in an 18th-century Caithness longhouse with a stable and byre at either end, thatched with local rushes; the nearby barn has its original wooden cruck roof. The museum's tearoom serves good soup and home baking.

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