The Highlands

Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage & Museum

Humble abode of inspirational geologist, folklorist and fossil hunter with a Garden of Wonders.
A view of an old thatched cottage, adjoining a large Georgian house.
  • Explore the historic thatched cottage built by Hugh’s great-grandfather in the 1700s.

  • Discover the fascinating collection of Hugh Miller’s fossils, tools and manuscripts in the museum.

  • Look out for the sundial pedestal carved by Hugh himself.

  • Take heed of Miller’s advice to ‘Make a right use of your eyes’ and search for the six mystery objects which are hidden in the Garden of Wonders.

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About this place

Fossil hunter, folklorist, man of faith, stonemason, geologist, editor, writer and social justice campaigner – Hugh Miller was one of the great Scots of the 19th century. His quests and writings have left a huge legacy of knowledge, but as these two adjacent properties testify, he came from ordinary beginnings.

The thatched cottage where Hugh was born in 1802 was built by Hugh’s great grandfather – a pirate! The cobbled courtyard adjoining the cottage was an external working space. Next door, the handsome Georgian villa, now an interactive museum, was built by Hugh’s father – its distinctive central spiral staircase winds around a ship’s mast.

Outside, Miller’s Yard: Garden of Wonders is a sheltered corner – the perfect spot to sit and take a breath of fresh air.

Our accreditations and awards

  • 4 Star Visitor Attraction
  • Green Tourism Silver