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Shetland Croft House Museum

Shetland Croft House Museum Review

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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: East of A970, 7 miles south of Sandwick, South Voe, ZE2 9JG
  • Phone: 01590/695057
  • Cost: Donations welcome
  • Hours: Mid-Apr.–Sept., daily 10–5
  • Website:
  • Location: The South Mainland
Updated: 10-09-2013

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