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Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 4, 2012
From journal In the Skye Garden: The Sleat Peninsula & South Skye
by Mary Porcher
New Haven, Connecticut
August 3, 2002
Tickets are purchased heading up the hill beside the parking lot. One ticket covers entrance to all of the attractions, and the student rate was 4 pounds. As we walked the grounds, we got the strong feeling that we were missing something because we weren't part of the Donald Clan.
The Museum of the Isles is in a brand new building that smells of fresh paint, along with a heritage center and family research library. We walked through the glass doors and didn't know quite where to go, and the cashier pointed us to the left. We first entered a room with a large television screen and celtic music playing. There was audio at times, but it was not loud enough to be understood. So we tried to figure out where we were supposed to go next. The history of the Lords of the Isles is displayed here in a few rooms, in paragraph form, with the occasional illustrations tossed in. I felt like I was roaming around an incomplete museum, not sure what the order of the rooms was, not always able to read chronologically. It was difficult to be impressed with the small collection of artefacts, since many of them were unlabeled.
Perhaps these exhibits are most appreciated by family members. But I did come away with a more personal view of clan history, as it would be seen through the eyes of those who experienced it. We also enjoyed walking the garden paths nearby.
the sunset that night
From journal Six Days of Dreams on Skye