A unique insight into rural family life in 19th-century Scotland
Discover many original features, including the cruck frame, box beds and a hingin' lum.
The kitchen and best room have been restored to show how they would have looked.
Look out for the display of the family’s ‘Sunday Best’ and working clothes.
See layers of early 20th-century wallpaper and an American gingerbread clock.
In the 19th century, cruck-framed, lime-washed dwellings such as Moirlanich Longhouse were the typical homes of Scotland’s rural communities. Inside, the family’s living quarters were separated from the cattle byre by just a wooden partition.
This beautifully conserved dwelling and byre in Glen Lochay, near Killin, is practically unchanged since it was last lived in by the Robertson family from at least 1809 to 1968. A major change in the longhouse’s 200-year existence was the addition of corrugated iron over the thatch in the 1940s.
Step inside this 19th-century longhouse and see how four generations of the Robertson family of Glen Lochay lived. The Robertsons were local horse breeders who, records show, also kept dairy cows for butter and cheese, a brood sow and a ‘fierce black bull’. At night, animals would sleep in the byre, which was separated from the longhouse’s dairy by a wooden partition.
The display hut, which was once the Robertson’s tool shed, has an exhibition of documents, photographs and information relating to the history and restoration of the house. Items of clothing discovered when the longhouse was bought by the Trust are also on display.
Parking is limited.
Volunteers from Killin Heritage Society are always on hand and will answer questions and may also share any personal recollections of the house.
Group visits are welcome outwith normal opening hours by prior arrangement with the property (01567 820988 or email email@example.com).
School visits are welcome. An education pack is available on request and activities to meet curriculum requirements can be provided if required; tel: 01567 820988 for more information.
Parking at the property is unsuitable for coaches.
Although the reception building is wheelchair-accessible, the longhouse is not suitable for wheelchairs. The byre has an uneven floor and lighting is low throughout the property.
A disabled toilet is available.
Moirlanich Longhouse is 1 mile north-west of Killin.