Druim nan Linntean, Gaelic for ‘ridge of ages’, is the Skye Ecomuseum, an outdoor museum set out over 15km of land running from the Old Man of Storr to the Quiraing and Flodigarry. The ecomuseum presents stories, shorelines, mountains and lochs asking you, the local, the hillwalker, the tourist, to discover its hidden waterfalls, dinosaur footprints and traditional ways of life.
In 2018/19 Lateral North, FortyTwo Studio and Lucidity Media worked collaboratively alongside the 500 people living in the townships which call this landscape home to develop a new brand, identity, outdoor interpretation and website for the first ever ecomuseum within Scotland.
Druim nan Linntean is what formed based on extensive community consultation and involvement, as locals told the stories of the landscapes and seascapes they work, live and play on. Their way of life has been shaped by the land and Gaelic culture, and as such this became a driving force for the multilingual design.
Glasgow Sculpture Studios are currently fabricating the corten steel interpretation structures which will be dotted around the landscape and present the history, culture and nature from throughout this ridge of ages.
The name of the ecomuseum was one of the many design decisions made through the extensive community consultations throughout late 2018. The community workshops were focused around a large map of the ecomuseum area, with locals and visitors encouraged to suggest the stories of their landscape and community, stories which would form the content for the interpretation boards and website.