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Bringing the past to life with historic buildings and costumed guides has revitalised the museum scene across the country

My daughter loves the school at this living museum at Newtonmore (on the Highland train line). She is taken back to when Granny was at school, with a strict teacher overseeing proceedings. The challenge is completing the writing test without smudging the ink, avoiding the dreaded Tawse (the thick leather belt that sends a shiver down her granny’s spine). The school is just one of 30-odd buildings – relocated to the 32 hectare site – from different eras of Highland life from the 1700s onwards. You might also be lucky to see red squirrels scampering up surrounding scots pine trees before you retreat to the excellent cafe for hot chocolate and cake.
Open from 3 April, free, donations welcome,
Keith McCarthy

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