Mary-Ann's cottage is just a few miles from the most northerly point on the UK mainland - Dunnet Head in Caithness. This croft which was built in around 1850 has been preserved as it was lived in by Mary-Ann Calder, who until she was 89 lived in the croft and cooked using peat over an open range fire. The cottage has not changed much since the 1930's or earlier.
It is now owned by the Caithness Heritage Trust who provide guided tours of the cottage from June to September from 2pm to 4.30pm (closed on Mondays). There is a small charge for viewing the croft.
This is a must visit for anyone who is interested in Scottish heritage and old crofting lifestyles. When you visit Mary-Ann's cottage on a lovely warm sunny day it is easy to be drawn into the romantic idea that crofting was a wonderful way to live, it was a hard life for many crofters who had to try and make a living from the land and to raise food for themselves.