Mary Anns Cottage
In 1850 John Young built a traditional Caithness cottage in the village of Dunnet, close to the most northerly point on the British mainland. John was followed by his son, William, then by William's daughter Mary Ann and her husband John Calder.Mary Ann Calder lived in this simple cottage until she was 93, and after her departure to a nursing home it was preserved and opened to the public as a museum, an example of a traditional Caithness crofter's cottage.
Over the course of 3 generations, the lifestyle of those living in the cottage changed little, and that lifestyle is brought home in this wonderful museum. It is like a time-capsule, a look back over 150 years of traditional life in the very north of Scotland.
Everything was left as it was when Mary Ann Calder left the house. You will see family belongings, tools, domestic implements, furniture, and items from everyday life.