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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  • August 21, 2017
    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 »
  • August 19, 2017
    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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  • August 19, 2017
    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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  • As for the exposition, it's a really nice display of how the people lived in this area in the past. It's not big though, as only 2 houses are part of it. The rest are used for accommodation. I found the info-video really interesting and also the view from the hill nearby is really nice. It's worth visiting if you are passing by.
  • Very knowledgeable people there. The buildings are in great condition and you can get a real feel for the area. Highly recommended
  • This is a museum but the same family run a bunkhouse/hostel and private holiday homes from some of the old blackhouses. Attached are some photos of the hostel which was absolutely superb- at £15 a night including fresh linen it is an absolute steal! We turned up on a rainy saturday afternoon in late May and got three bunks, but obviously best to check first. There is also WiFi but it doesn't work in the hostel itself- you have to stand in a cupboard thing outside- but useful for checking the weather forecast for the next day! Felt like a right experience spending the night in one of the blackhouses! Hihgly recommend
  • Peaceful beautiful view not at all expensive to get in £3.50 and they have a quaint cafe
  • This is a review of the cafe and the village as a museum/attraction. I haven't stayed in any of the lodges so can't review them beyond saying they look nice and are close to a lovely secluded beach. The cafe does simple but nice food. Good soups and excellent baking. The gift shop has a lot of Harris Tweed - no surprises there - as well as books and other gifts. The museum part of the village is very interesting and informative, showcasing a way of life quite different from what most of us are used to, but not that distant in time.

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