The Staffin Museum

The Staffin Museum is a small community-based museum located in the village of Ellishadder, on the eastern coast of the Trotternish peninsula, Isle of Skye. The museum is located directly across from the Kilt Rock viewpoint, on the A855, about two miles south of Staffin Bay and about ten miles north of Portree. The museum was founded in the late 1970s by Mr. Ross. The museum was moved to its present location, a reconstructed 19th century Free Church of Scotland schoolhouse, in 1994. A collaborative relationship is being developed between the Staffin Museum and Oxford College of Emory University, especially the departments of Anthropology and Geology.

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Founded and curated by Mr. Dugald Ross, the Staffin Museum contains excellent collections of local geological and fossil specimens, as well as representative artifacts illustrating prehistory and social history on the Trotternish. The museum's most famous holdings are dinosaur fossils unearthed on the Trotternish peninsula, Isle of Skye. These include the fossil legbone of a large saruopod dinosaur (a long necked, 'Brontosaurus'-type dinosaur) and the ulna and radius of a thyreophoran dinosaur (an armoured dinosaur that may have been a Stegosauras).

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Geology
  • Palaeontology and Dinosaurs
  • Prehistory and Archaeology
  • Social and Cultural History

The Staffin Museum
6 Ellishadder
Isle of Skye
IV51 9JE


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