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The Blackhouse

42, Arnol, Arnol HS2 9DB, Scotland
+44 1851 710395
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A glance at the past

Went there on a stormy day, we paid our tickets, and had look , only allowed into two houses, the... read more

Reviewed today
James S
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Perth, United Kingdom
Blackhouse

We drove to the attraction and found a parking space in the small parking area. The staff were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kirkaboutabout
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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Gain a unique insight into island life at no. 42 Arnol. This traditional, fully furnished thatched house once sheltered a family and its animals under the same roof. The ruined blackhouse at no. 39 can also be seen, together with the 1920s ‘white house’ that replaced it. White houses – in which a wall separated byre and dwelling – replaced many blackhouses around this time. Gaelic-speaking members of staff are usually on hand to answer queries about the crofting life on Lewis. Smell the peat smoke – even today the fire at the heart of the blackhouse is never allowed to go out. Peek inside the cosy box-beds in the bedroom, still complete with their original fabrics and furnishings. See the byre just as it was left in 1966, only without the cows. Imagine how living in the white house would have compared to life in the Blackhouse.
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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42, Arnol, Arnol HS2 9DB, Scotland
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Reviewed today

Went there on a stormy day, we paid our tickets, and had look , only allowed into two houses, the others are fine to see from the outside but are hostels and you can't go in. We did see a fine gentleman working on a...More

Thank James S
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We drove to the attraction and found a parking space in the small parking area. The staff were lovely, helpful and informative. The Blackhouse itself is a must see for any visitor to the islands! Smell the peat! Finally understand what is meant by whiskey...More

Thank Kirkaboutabout
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a site/sight not to be missed. I had recently read about Blackhouses on the Shiants, in the wonderful book Sea Room so I was very pleased to experience this authentic house. The site is very nicely laid out and it is relaxing to...More

Thank Brian M
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Reviewed 6 days ago

great to see how the blackhouses worked, you see the ruins everywhere and few in function. Great with peat fire so you could even feel the smell. As did my clothes afterward. Definitely Worth a visit.

Thank Kajsa B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We found rage Blackhouse to be very interesting seeing how people used to live in the area. The visitors centre had lots of facts about living in these sort of properties especially how animals were housed in the house too.

Thank FIFINorfolk
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our host urged us to stop here and it was well worth it. This is a reconstruction of how people lived in the 1800s. Very authentic and fascinating. Loved the peat stacks and the peat fire ablaze. Historic Scotland staff are always super helpful!

Thank beckyatlarge
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tuesday. 29/5/2018 A step back in time,shock to the system upon entering but very interesting when your eyes adjust to the darkness.plenty of blackhouse ruins around the island. Nice wee shop offers plenty of info.

Thank bobbyb b
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the attention to detail the whole history of the area. The restoration is excellent and great insight into a lost world of not that long ago . Receptionist was so knowledgeable and helpful.

Thank Sedge2013
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very evocative reconstruction of a traditional blackhouse. The peat fire is kept burning all year, so this would be great to visit in winter as well as this unusually warm season. After visiting I kept thinking I was smelling whisky for a few hours. Good...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of really interesting information about life in the blackhouse and it has been well reconstructed.

Thank Ailsa56
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chary193
21 April 2018|
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Response from jon0269 | Reviewed this property |
I think you would be hard pushed to see all the sites on Lewis and Harris with a day visit to Stornaway. I suggest that if you want to make the most of your visit including The Black House, Calanais and the other sites, one... More
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Caroline S
15 March 2018|
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Response from nortonlauren | Reviewed this property |
We hired a small car when we arrived at the airport. It was the best decision that we made as it gave us the freedom to pop in and out of any of the attractions as well as just random places that caught our eye.
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Response from OldBlueBird | Reviewed this property |
It is worth exploring this area as you will see the Blackhouses, not far away and open.....an iron age village and wonderful beach... The Standing stones Callanish are a must! If you have time and are driving start at the... More
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