Discover this beautifully conserved longhouse and its many original features, and get a unique insight into rural family life in 19th-century Scotland.
Step inside and see how four generations of the Robertson family of Glen Lochay lived. The Robertsons were local horse breeders who, records show, also kept dairy cows for butter and cheese, a brood sow and a ‘fierce black bull’. At night, animals would sleep in the byre, which was separated from the longhouse’s dairy by a wooden partition.
The display hut, which was once the Robertson’s tool shed, has an exhibition of documents, photographs and information relating to the history and restoration of the house. Items of clothing discovered when the longhouse was bought by the Trust are also on display. See many original features, including the cruck frame, box beds and a hingin' lum, as well as layers of early 20th-century wallpaper and an American gingerbread clock. The kitchen and best room have been restored to show how they would have looked.
This beautifully conserved dwelling and byre in Glen Lochay, near Killin, is practically unchanged since it was last lived in by the Robertson family from at least 1809 to 1968. A major change in the longhouse’s 200-year existence was the addition of corrugated iron over the thatch in the 1940s.