Gearannan Blackhouse Village, Isle of Lewis

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Historic Site
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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  • 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.
  • Perfect Place to go back in time. The Sea near The black houses is magic
  • Fantastic stay in the hostel: we spent one night here as part of a cycling tour of the Hebrides. The owner was amazingly helpful and even came to pick one of our party up when she was tired. Hostel itself was beautiful and very well maintained
  • Very interesting museum, and delicious food in the café. Well stocked gift shop and friendly staff. I only visited the museum for a short while and had lunch in the cafe and enjoyed my time there. The only issue is parking as its quite limited. The cafe is small so packs out quite quickly too.
  • Interesting to know the history behind the Blackhouse in the Isle of Lewis. There are very nice sea views and the walk paths are very good. Recommended visit