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Highland Folk Museum
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Newtonmore
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Discover how Highland people lived, worked and played at this award-winning museum. Experience life portrayed from the early 1700s to the mid 1900s. Find the difference between a “cruck” and a “croman”, smell the “reek” of a peat fire, relive early school days and life on the farm, or just enjoy a “blether” and reminisce with our friendly staff. Extensive play area, shops, café, and picnic sites throughout grounds. A great family day out for all ages. Free admissionOpen Easter to end of October – 3 to 6 hour visit recommended
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Best place I have ever been to brought a lump to my throat seeing how people used to live with basic stuff and were happy sweetie shop was amazing all the staff were so friendly I would happily pay to get in here if they started charging well done for a lovely wonderful place

Visited July 2014
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Bergen, Norway
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201 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“It was the best of a welcome, it was the worst of a welcome”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

We happened to approach the museum through the rear entrance reserved for the disabled. As we had a baby in a stroller, we called the number to see if we could enter there. The friendly voice on the phone said yes, but when we came up to the village a lady approached us as if we were thieves and impostors. She got on the phone with someone to discuss how this was possible leaving us a little uncertain of what to do. Do they want visitors or not?? Then another lady came and made us feel most welcome, showing us around the village and explaining the highland way of life in the 17th and 18th century. The buildings were authentic and interesting to visit and the exhibits were hands-on and engaged the children in a good way. We enjoyed it, despite the initial "hostile" welcome.

Visited July 2014
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Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Spoilt visit, not really disability friendly”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Having taken my grand daughter for a visit which I would recommend highly I was very disappointed in the lack of thought for disabled people. The only considerations were at the toilets where there is a ramp to the upper floor and the same to the cafe where you spend money. I caught the tractor trailer to the settlement but when we reached the drop off it was not at the settlement I was confronted with a fairly steep path to reach it, it would be a hard push for a wheelchair. I did say to the driver I would have to catch the bus back but at no time did he tell me there wouldn't be another bus for 2 hours or offer me a timetable. No timetable was offered at reception either when we purchased the guide book. The other pick ups were 1 hr apart so I settled down to wait, when it was obvious there was no transport coming I tried to contact the number on the guide but there was no reply. My husband and grand daughter had done the woodland walk back and were unaware I was stranded. I had to struggle to walk back stopping at every possible seat it took nearly 3/4 hour. And by the time I got back I was in extreme pain. My husband was only told about the 2 hour gap when he went to reception because I hadn't returned. I paid for the bus and would have happily paid for the use of a disability scooter or similar. Several years ago when I was in New Zealand the outdoor attractions offered disability scooters so that visitors could enjoy the whole experience. Other countries seem to offer better facilities for the disabled visitor. One of your previous reviews said there was disabled access to the township but if there was it was extremely well hidden.

Visited July 2014
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182 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit!”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Museum is a must see if visiting Newtonmore area, no entrance fee to get in just donation boxes doted throughout. There is a little bit of walking involved so would be nicer to do on a dry day. Everything is very well kept and staff are very informative and happy to chat and share stories. Do not miss the old fashioned sweet shop! If was in the area again would come back a visit for sure

Visited July 2014
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Scottish History brought alive.”
Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

Excellent historical site spread over approx 1km. Buildings from the 18th century onwards have been relocated to the site complete with artifacts so that you can see how people lived.
Staff are dressed in period costume and are very informative and knowledgable. There is no charge for visiting the site but for £1 a tractor will take you from one end of the site to the other. There is also disabled access to the "township". We certainly enjoyed our visit and as they are continually working on new projects we will certainly make a return visit next year.

Visited July 2014
Thank Phunter62
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