Glendale Toy Museum
Please note: The Glendale Toy Museum closed down in November 2012The Glendale Toy Museum is owned by Terry and Paddy Wilding, and it is located just before you reach Dunvegan, in the Isle of Skye. Here you will be met with breathtaking views, crisp fresh air and picturesque scenes of the Outer Hebrides and MacLeods Tables. The Glendale Toy Museum is an attraction in Scotland that is visited by most tourists due to its location and fascinating exhibits. The three acres of land on which it stands also offers accommodation at the Holmisdale House because of its remoteness and comes complete with waterfall and perfect photographic opportunities. The Toy Museum in Skye opened in 1987 but fell victim to an accidental fire in 2002. The fire destroyed the building and only a few collections were saved. The museum building was rebuilt and the exhibits were collected again. The Glendale Toy Museum has also received many awards in regard to quality and diverse collection of exhibits.
Many of the exhibits are not stored behind protective glass, and can sometimes be handled. The Toy Museum has an extensive range of trains, buildings, tracks, boats, trucks, dolls, games and traditional games and toys. Some of the train collection that is on exhibit can be seen on a built track exhibit and others in their original boxes. This exhibit includes rare models such as the BR Blue Livery that includes the Prairie Tank Locomotive 2-6-2 DWR Green and the 1st Class Inter-City open coach mk11’s. The Airfix Railway System is an extremely rare exhibit, as is the A1A-A1A Class 31/4 Diesels that are found in the BR Blue Livery. For the boating enthusiasts, some visitors will remember owning or wanting the Sutcliffe Sea Wolf Submarine, a Jetex Speedboat, the Tri-ang RMS Orcades Ocean Liner or desperately wanting to get their hands on the Tamiya Bismark Naval Vessel.
The doll collection that is every girls dream, includes the Prince Charles Dolls, two well preserved teddy bears from the year 1910, Barbie dolls, the complete range of Star Wars figurines and the very rare Prince Gregor and Princess Sasha Dolls. The Glendale Toy Museum has also gained popularity for its handmade toys that are on sale to the public and include toys and board games such as drop spindle kits, crokinole boards, Tower of Brahma puzzles, Skye winders, Jacobs’ ladder, Glendale puzzles and needle looms. This is a popular attraction in Scotland as both children and adults will enjoy the Glendale Toy Museum and the beautiful surroundings that enchant most visitors that come to this region.