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Thank you Alec for weaving Harris Tweed cloth for us!

The smell of peat in a fireplace failing to suppress the chill drafts in these ancient buildings... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
slarson127
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Dover, New Hampshire
After a trip through Island History visit the cafe!

If you really want to immerse yourself in island life you can stay here in a Black House... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tom g
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The smell of peat in a fireplace failing to suppress the chill drafts in these ancient buildings. Alec was working his foot driven loom inch after inch of cloth streaming out in endless patterns. Thats a memory to take away.

Thank slarson127
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you really want to immerse yourself in island life you can stay here in a Black House. Fortunately one has been preserved - reserved for day visitors to view and it does show how hard life must have been. Beside the small shop and...More

Thank tom g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting collection of restored drystone masonry buildings with thatched roofs. One building is furnished as it would have been when people lived there, one has an audio-visual display, and one has been converted to a toilet block. The others are all available to book as...More

Thank Jack L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this an excellent visiting experience - very friendly staff in cafe and shop. Heritage recreation, atmospheric- from the smell of the burning peat to the feel of the farmhouse. Food served in cafe was very good, and clean toilets. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic staff, Mari Maureen was so very helpful from the very start, during the booking process all the way to the very end. Staff were all amazing, the Gearannan is a place that dreams are made. A truly facinating taste of the islands past. This...More

Thank Angus C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are 2 blackhouses for visitors, the rest I believe can be rented out as self-catering accommodation. Museum very interesting and gives a good understanding of the layout of the houses. Outside of the village (and therefore free) are some old ruins and a great...More

Thank Fee667667
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

But very interesting re-enactment ..... We enjoyed very much! Great set out and remember it shuts on a Sunday!

Thank TheTraveller69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a grey day. The black houses are well restored and it's great to be able to go inside and see them furnished as they would have been in days gone by . We really enjoyed meeting the man who was demonstrating weaving...More

Thank Sue W
Reviewed 14 September 2018

Interesting to see how the islanders used to live. The houses are lovely to see around. Spent a bit of time talking to the weaver, who gave us the history of the Tweed and how labour intensive it is. Cafe has limited food but what's...More

Thank AprilDanny19
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

Well preserved glimpse into past living. The demonstration weaver was an interesting and entertaining chapmto talk to. Learned a lot from him and the video. Would highly recommend this site.

Thank Eric M
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David F
6 January 2018|
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Response from Margaret P | Reviewed this property |
Yes,but would go as early as possible to get the most out of the day.You will be able to see a lot and visit some interesting places in a day. Enjoy
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Janet A
12 April 2017|
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Response from rs4emz | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can easily tour the rest of the islands from here, we did. If you can I'd avoid any school holidays as it's likely to be more busy around the tourist hotspots - (Callanish, Luskentyre, etc.), you should be okay in... More
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