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Highlands

The rugged landscape and geographical isolation of much of the Scottish Highlands made it a relatively inaccessible place for much of its political and cultural history. This resulted in the evolution of its own very unique traditions, cultural life, and folklore. Our Highland Life gallery includes a diverse selection of objects relating to important personalities such as the outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor and the Gaelic poet Iain Lom. As you explore the gallery, look out for the legendary Faery Pipes, bagpipes said to have been played at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, or the St. Kilda mailboat, a unique system used by the residents of this archipelago to deliver their post to the mainland.