Kirbuster Museum
Kirbuster Museum
5
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Kirbuster is now closed for the season, we will re-open in Spring next year. Thank you to everyone who visited and we look forward to welcoming you back. Kirbuster Museum 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, and demonstrates how little some aspects of domestic life changed in Orkney over many centuries. The house also has an Edwardian parlour and Victorian Gardens and visitors can enjoy a game of putting on the green and explore the Trowie Trail in the back garden. Kirbuster is a unique survivor which gives a fascinating insight into four centuries of family life in Orkney. An excellent place to visit if you are researching your Orkney ancestry. FREE ADMISSION.
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  • Roger F
    Gosport, United Kingdom240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bags of character
    What a lovely little museum off the beaten track of popular places on Orkney. Its free but I would recommend leaving a donation to ensure it stays as a council owned museum. A wonderful story to be read of the family that had lived there. A "barn" with fantastic old farm machinery. The "Fire Hoose" has a lit peat fire so is a bit smoky. Open in summer 1030 to 1300 and 1400 to 1700 weekdays, Sundays 1300 to 1700. Not really suitable for young children.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Struan101
    Dollar, United Kingdom63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful museum with a lovely curator
    I give many attractions five stars because the are a "must see" if you're in the area. However, there are some that really are extra special and this is one. You can handle all the exhibits and sit in the Orkney chairs. But what made this truly exceptional was Sue, the curator on the day we visited. A very friendly and interesting lady who took time to chat to us, at one point around a peat fire with its beautiful smell wafting around us. Thank you Sue, you made an interesting museum truly exceptional.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • FlamingoFleming
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kids would love this gem of a museum
    What a lovely museum, as a previous reviewer said of Sue one of the volunteers, she was very knowledgeable and lovely person to chat to. Adults or children would get something out of this place. It gives you an insight into the reality of rural life. We came away smelling of the peat fire, which was great.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 October 2023
  • Linda Tor
    Toronto, Canada17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting. Check opening hours.
    This unrestored farmhouse built around 1595 was fascinating to visit. It features a peat fire in the central room and original tools and finishes. The curator, Neil, told endless stories of family life in the old days. A highlight of the Orkney trip.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 October 2023
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Linda Tor
Toronto, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This unrestored farmhouse built around 1595 was fascinating to visit. It features a peat fire in the central room and original tools and finishes. The curator, Neil, told endless stories of family life in the old days. A highlight of the Orkney trip.
Written 19 October 2023
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FlamingoFleming
Edinburgh, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
What a lovely museum, as a previous reviewer said of Sue one of the volunteers, she was very knowledgeable and lovely person to chat to. Adults or children would get something out of this place. It gives you an insight into the reality of rural life. We came away smelling of the peat fire, which was great.
Written 18 October 2023
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Struan101
Dollar, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I give many attractions five stars because the are a "must see" if you're in the area. However, there are some that really are extra special and this is one. You can handle all the exhibits and sit in the Orkney chairs. But what made this truly exceptional was Sue, the curator on the day we visited. A very friendly and interesting lady who took time to chat to us, at one point around a peat fire with its beautiful smell wafting around us. Thank you Sue, you made an interesting museum truly exceptional.
Written 20 September 2023
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Roger F
Gosport, UK240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
What a lovely little museum off the beaten track of popular places on Orkney. Its free but I would recommend leaving a donation to ensure it stays as a council owned museum. A wonderful story to be read of the family that had lived there. A "barn" with fantastic old farm machinery. The "Fire Hoose" has a lit peat fire so is a bit smoky. Open in summer 1030 to 1300 and 1400 to 1700 weekdays, Sundays 1300 to 1700. Not really suitable for young children.
Written 21 June 2023
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Di L
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
A great place to visit with knowledgeable friendly staff. The firehouse really evokes times gone by...... the smell of the peat fire was fantastic, and added to the experience. A good place to bring children, too.
Written 17 June 2023
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Sue B
Bristol, UK271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Great little gem of a stop off at Kirbuster. This is a free museum so we left a well deserved donation & filled in the visitors book to support this well worth place. Very informative, giving a good atmosphere with the farm set up as it was many years ago with a peat fire burning. Lovely quaint garden. Definitely recommend.
Written 15 May 2023
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keentrek
Aberdeen, UK91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Visiting doesn't require long. There's the house to see but not much in terms of the actual farming. There's a small display of old machinery
Written 15 September 2022
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KarenJ
Mill Valley, CA52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We nearly missed the humble Kirbuster Farm Museum on Orkney near the village of Birsay. We are so happy we stopped there. This sweet little farm is a time capsule. From the 1700s to the 1970s it was a working farm.

Built of stone, the homestead, farm buildings, workshop, and gardens are like the land time forgot.

The main room of the homestead will take you back to how people lived at the famous Neolithic village of Skara Brea 5000 years ago. There is a central hearth with peat fire. On one side is where the people lived. There is a cooking area, small dining table, spinning wheel and loom, and a stone bed with a straw mattress. On the other side is a manger for cows and a roost for the chickens. All in one communal room. When you walk in, there is a smoky peat fire and it looks like inhabitants are simply out working in the fields for the afternoon, and will return shortly.

The more recent parts of the house are more 19th century with a drawing room with piano and family Bible. There are newspapers from the marriage of the Duke of York in 1927 and a ferry disaster in 1933 near the hearth.

The gardens are intimate, grassy spots where it looks like the elves and fairies have just vanished.

This place is pure magic! Do not miss it in your trip to Orkney.
Written 7 June 2022
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jo m
Bournemouth, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
An atmospheric traditional farmstead and garden set up as a museum. Free of charge, but it is a little gem, and we left a donation
Written 24 May 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
This is an impressive little farm museum, it was just like stepping back in time and the guy that showed us around was lovely.
One of the best stops we had on Orkney.
Its definitely worth stopping by here if your passing.
Written 23 May 2022
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