Scotland's National Museum of Rural Life celebrates agricultural heritage

Musuem near East Kilbride is based on a working farm

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Scotland's National Museum of Rural Life celebrates agricultural heritage

Agricultural heritage is celebrated at Scotland’s National Museum of Rural Life, based on a working farm on the outskirts of East Kilbride. A partnership between National Museums Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland, it was opened in 2001 following the bequest of the 110-acre site by Mrs Margaret Reid, whose late husband’s family had farmed the land for 400 years. The farm offers an insight into farming methods and technology of 50 years ago and more.

The site also houses items from the former Scottish Agricultural Museum and a café, a tractor tour and an activity centre, and animals include a herd of Ayrshire cows which are milked every day, a beef herd of Aberdeen Angus, Tamworth pigs, black-faced sheep and a Clydesdale horse.

National Museum of Rural Life

Wester Kittochside, Stewartfield Way, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, G76 9HR

Situated on the outskirts of East Kilbride, the National Museum of Rural Life is a working 1950s farm, with dairy cows, sheep, pigs and farm workers on hand. Events include the Go Wild in the Country summer programme and the Heavy Horse show.

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