Kirbuster Farm Museum

Kirbuster Farm Museum
c/o Broad Street
Orkney Islands
KW15 1DH



01856 77268


01856 874615

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Kirbuster Museum was opened to the public in 1986. It is the last un-restored example of a traditional ‘firehoose’ in Northern Europe. The house has a central hearth and a stone (neuk) bed, a unique survival. Kirbuster was occupied up until the 1960s and was once the home of the Spence and Hay families. The site also has an Edwardian parlour and Victorian Gardens. The ‘implement shed’ contains a collection of farming memorabilia. Visitors can enjoy a game of putting on the green and also explore the new Trowie Trail in the back garden.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

1st March – 31st October:

Mon-Sat 10:30-13:00 & 14:00-17:00
Sun 12:00-17:00

Closed: 1st November - end February

Admission charges


Collection details

Social History

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Painting of a man with a seal on his head

Discover Ancient Folklore

  • 16 May 2015 2-3:30pm

Orkney has a past - a multi-layered and highly visible one. We may view the stone circles, ancient dwelling places and burial chambers as magical, awe-inspiring glimpses into an earlier civilisation but how did our more recent ancestors view these enduring marks on the landscape? Gather round and be enthralled by the time-honoured tales of our very own storyteller Tom Muir who'll bring to life the stories of those lived on these islands and who tried to understand a past they had inherited.

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