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Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage & Museum

Humble abode of inspirational geologist, folklorist and fossil hunter with a Garden of Wonders.

Planning your visit

This property is part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme, which means we have carried out an official COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have everything in place to reopen safely.


Dogs are only permitted in the cobbled courtyard and in Lydia Garden. Assistance dogs are allowed throughout the property.

For more information about planning your visit, please see the drop-down facilities below or our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us we can be contacted by email on millermuseum@nts.org.uk or telephone 01381 600245.

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Facilities & access

There is ground floor wheelchair access to the cottage. There are stairs to the upper floor and steep steps to the garden.

Access to the ground floor of Miller House is via steps and there are stairs to the upper floors.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

Accessible toilet

We have an audio tour around the cottage where Hugh Miller was born and the garden where he played as a child. It’s full of vivid descriptions – many in Hugh’s own words – of the building, his ancestors and his boyhood memories.

Baby changing
Children’s activities

Guided tours are available if booked in advance, although the excellent self-led audio tour expertly brings Hugh Miller to life.

Group visits (maximum 20) can be booked by contacting the property directly. Coaches can drop parties outside the museum.

Hearing loop

Light refreshments are available.

Car parking is available near the property in Church Street, as well as on the shoreline and in two car parks within a few hundred metres.

Take an audio tour around the cottage where Hugh Miller was born and the garden where he played as a child. It’s full of vivid descriptions – many in Hugh’s own words – of the building, his ancestors and his boyhood memories.

Outside, Lydia Garden features an ornate sundial pedestal carved by Hugh. This traditional cottage garden was named in honour of Hugh’s wife and leads on to a tiny, peaceful Garden Room: Space for Reflection.

The museum next door contains artefacts relating to Hugh’s life, including some of his outstanding fossil discoveries, his manuscripts, shepherd’s plaid and mason’s mallet. Behind the museum is Miller’s Yard: Garden of Wonders, where there’s much to discover about natural history. Explore the mystery trail with testing clues and giant fossils.

  • A stall in the cobbled courtyard sells locally grown plants.
  • The gift shop sells a great range of souvenirs, including books, minerals, gems and fossils.

There is one toilet in Miller House which is partially accessible.

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