This 19th-century thatched house reveals the way of life of rural Shetlanders, which the traditionally attired attendant will be delighted to discuss with you. The peat fire casts a glow on the box bed, the resting chair, and the wealth of domestic implements, including a hand mill for preparing meal and a straw "keshie" for carrying peat. One building made from an upturned boat was used for storing and drying fish and mutton: huts like this inspired the design of the
new Scottish Parliament. If you're lucky, the museum's curator may be making bannocks from his homegrown and home-milled flour.