Orkney's Neolithic and Viking heritage is well-documented, but this special site showcases a more recent part of island history.

Kirbuster is now closed for winter, thank you to those who visited this year and we look forward to welcoming you back in spring 2024.


Kirbuster Museum in Orkney's West Mainland provides a fascinating glimpse into life on a traditional island farm during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The farmhouse was occupied until the 1960s before being reopened as the musum in 1986. It's the last un-restored example of a traditional 'firehoose' in Northern Europe, with the house built around a central hearth and peat fire. There is also a stone neuk bed and a peat fire, with the rooms full of old household implements and furniture.

The main farmhouse is surrounded by beautiful stone buildings full of farming equipment and memorabilia. There is also an example of an Edwardian parlour and Victorian gardens. Visitors can even 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. It's also an excellent place to visit if you are researching your Orcadian ancestry. It's simply a site that should make it onto the 'must see' list for any visitor to the islands!

Kirbuster Museum is run by Orkney Islands Council and entry is free.

Other details

Opening hours (March to October):

Monday to Saturday 10:30 - 17:00 (closed between 13:00 - 14:00)

Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

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