Gearannan Blackhouse Village, Isle of Lewis

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Experience the authentic atmosphere of a Scottish island village at Gearannan Blackhouse Village. The historical village preserves a collection of so-called blackhouses, traditional dwellings that have been in use for centuries in this part of the world. In fact, some of the houses in the village were lived in well into the 20th century. Now you can take a stroll through the village, visit the local museum, have a meal at the cafe, and soak in the view of the surrounding hills and the sea. Instead of just passing through, consider staying in the village for a while by booking an apartment in one of the available blackhouses. Gearannan Blackhouse Village is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Isle of Lewis Edition.
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  • We really enjoyed our visit to the Blackhouse village and loved seeing one of the houses displaying furniture and the 2 rooms layout of the time with a peat fire burning in the hearth. In the other ha...  more »
  • Like other sites of the island of Lewis, is not easily accessible for those without a car, but using the circular bus W2 from Stornoway and acquiring of considerable patience required to withstand long periods (for an hour and a half to three hours) between one step and the other, nearly all these attractions you can visit. In our case, the effort has paid off, as well as the magnificent standing stones of Callanish, the beautiful little village of "black houses" by Garenin, a cluster of houses of local workers made of stone, wood and straw which, after having been abandoned, have been restored with appreciable philological fidelity and transformed not just a museum but in a multipurpose facility , which has two houses-Museum (admission price) which reproduce the life that you lead a century ago and have two nice videos on peat harvesting and on the very complicated spinning tweed fabrics, a hostel and various cottages can be rented for stays-vacation. The collection is genuine, informative and enjoyable.
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  • This place was amazing. I am fascinated by the black houses anyway and it was fabulous that they had the foresight to preserve this clutch of cottages so that we can see what life was like for crafter...  more »
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  • This traditional black house village doubles as a museum, and Accommodation. There's a large fourteen bed black house (bunk house) which is available for private group bookings. A black house set up like a hostel, one four bunk room, one six bunk room and a family bunk room. There's also a few private two person cottages available for rent. All have been modernised to a high standard. The village is located on the west coast of Lewis with an abundance of coastal hiking right outside the door. I can not recommend this place highly enough.
  • Stopped off while cycling. Turned into an enjoyable experience giving an insight into crofting life up until the 20th century. We were allowed to put our cycles behind the shop, which was a nice gesture.
  • Very well preserved and maintained historic houses. Very evocative. Good views and walks in the area too. And a nice wee cafe and toilets. What more could you need?
  • Interesting places to visit. The cafe had home cooked food at reasonable prices.
  • Fantastic place to visit, kids can scramble amongst the ruins and then walk down to an amazing beach. Two blackhouses are open to visit and the others are available as holiday lets. The cafe was disappointing, they had run out of an item included in the price but we weren't told, had to ask, and no substitute was offered.

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