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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  • Nice little bit of history showing what life was like on the isle of lewis, great to go on a dry day,Also you can hire the blackhouses, lovely veiws and walks.  more »
  • Didn't go inside houses, rating only the outside appearance and conditions. Some are used as hostel accommodations. Great unobstructed views of the village scenes and the thundering sea coast.  more »
  • Great village to walk through, loved seeing the weaver in action on the loom. The video on Peat Cutting was interesting. The Gift shop and Cafe are small but an added bonus.  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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Where to stay in Isle of Lewis

The island's largest town, Stornoway provides an abundance of inns and bed and breakfasts by its small harbor. Stornoway's proximity to the island's airport also makes it a good base for sightseeing. A selection of private vacation rentals lines the island's west coast, but you can also choose to stay on the scenic nearby island of Great Bernera.
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