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. To visit Gearannan Blackhouse Village on your trip to Isle of Lewis, use our Isle of Lewis vacation builder.
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  • Take a step back in time and see the conditions people used to live in not that long ago. There's a house as it used to be and even a weaver working at his loom. Very interesting and very informative  more »
  • Great visit to the Blackhouses, there is an entrance fee of £3.50. Visit the little museum where there is a weaving demonstration. They have a little cafe which is quaint and sells lovely cakes.  more »
  • With blackhouses being lived in until the 1970's and a tradition of weaving in the home, this group of cottages set beside the sea gives you an insight to a rural lifestyle on Lewis. The houses have b...  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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