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Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage & Museum

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

Things to do

Self-guided tour

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.

Guided Tour

Guided tours are available if booked in advance, although the excellent 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.


We welcome school visits at Hugh Miller’s Birthplace Cottage & Museum. For more information, please see our Learning pages.