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June 23, 2016

The Crofter’s Hut, Orkney

Filed under: Landscape,Orkney Isles — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

The Crofter's Hut, Orkney

The Crofter’s Hut, Orkney

Since there are almost no trees on the Orkney Islands, building in stone has been developed to a high art. Stone dikes line the field edges and the older houses were made of stone as well. This is a beautifully made building which has lichen and grasses growing on it now. The well made chimneys would have taken away the smoke of peat fires.

The Crofter's Hut, Orkney The Crofter's Hut, Orkney
The Crofter's Hut, Orkney The Crofter's Hut, Orkney


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  1. Lovely photos! I saw a crofter’s hut in an outdoor museum in Scotland. It had no chimney – The inhabitants, esp the children, must have been constantly sick from inhaling the peet smoke.

    Comment by Hilke Breder — August 2, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

  2. That’s a good point Hilke. The smell of peet can be very strong even after many years from use. It must have been very destructive to the lungs in those conditions.


    Comment by Harold — August 4, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

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