National Trust for Scotland: Hugh Miller's Birthplace Cottage & Museum (#246)
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Where: Hugh Miller's Birthplace Cottage & Museum, Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
When: 23 Mar - 31 Oct 2013
Opening hours: 12pm-5pm
Website: Visit website
The Museum comprises two buildings: Miller House, a handsome Georgian-period villa, and the iconic 17th-century thatched birthplace cottage. Beautiful small gardens lie behind both buildings, complete with giant fossils, ancient tree ferns, an original Hugh Miller carved sundial and the family well (securely covered). Hugh Miller was a largely self-taught man, who came to folklore, history, and geology without the preconceived ideas of a formal, higher education. Although now largely forgotten, he and his writings cast a huge shadow in 19th century Edinburgh. So much so, that when he died his funeral brought that great city to a standstill. A monumental column to his memory was erected high on the hill above Cromarty itself barely three years after his death. It still stands today. Open 23 Mar to 30 Sep, daily 12-5; 1 Oct to 31 Oct, Tues, Thur and Fri, 12-5
Hugh Miller's Birthplace Cottage & Museum
Church Street, Cromarty, IV11 8XA
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