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The Blackhouses were lived in right up to the 1970's. Imagine that! No modern electricity or... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Canberra, Australia
Fascinating museum

Not wheelchair friendly so I used my mobility scooter. Managed to have a look round the 1950s home... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Caroline F
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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...more
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42, Arnol, Arnol HS2 9DB, Scotland
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All reviews peat fire black house across the road well worth a visit ticket office eye opening historic scotland informative staff hard life guide book step back in time island life living conditions fascinating insight interesting visit entrance fee small museum
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Blackhouses were lived in right up to the 1970's. Imagine that! No modern electricity or bathroom in the 70's. Those that lived here must have been made of incredibly strong stuff. They had the strength of character to withstand the harshness of winter and...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Not wheelchair friendly so I used my mobility scooter. Managed to have a look round the 1950s home which was very interesting as was the weaving demonstration. I couldn’t get to the shop but maybe that was a good thing! Lovely to see the village...More

Thank Caroline F
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Great way to see how people used to live and what they used in their home. Great staff there to show and explain how things worked or what jobs the people would have. Recommend a visit.

Thank ScotsJen81
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

Reasonable entrance fee. Discount for senior citizens. Read up on information in ticket office first. Then visit black house.... it is smokey in there but very interesting. Go around back to see peat stack. Then cross road and there are futher ruins of black houses...More

Thank andreaat62
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We went on ship’s excursion which was fine but our friends hired a car which worked well if you are able to organise this. It was interesting to discover how crafters lived in the past in the blackhouses, dark and smoke filled. The whitehouses which...More

Thank AngelaHC
Reviewed 27 August 2018

beautiful to see how the people lived there and why they call it the black houses. nice to see the innersite of the houses

Thank Dianne v
Reviewed 26 August 2018

A really interesting little place. The reception part has a little shop and information boards to read before you go in. NOTE: If you are an English Heritage member, take your cards with you as you will get half price entrance if you are within...More

Thank Smiley_scribe
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

We were so pleased we decided to visit here as we enjoyed it so much. Very well organised and you are free to wander round inside the house. We loved the peat fire too. Evocative place but can imagine in was a hard life to...More

Thank Daisysmate
Reviewed 21 August 2018

I was amazed at the standard of renivation of these houses. This is a must see historic attraction, Seeing the living conditions that our forebearers had to endure, the waveing demostration taking place in situe. The weaver answereing all your questions and seeing the Harris...More

Thank GeoffS1136
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Loved this place - although it is small and the museum set out in quite an unconventional way; my daughter and i learnt so much about island life and how to strive to get thw balance between nature and humanity. Really fascinating and informative. A...More

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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
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