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The Blackhouse

42, Arnol, Arnol HS2 9DB, Scotland
+44 1851 710395
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Superb glimpse back into the not so distant past

Loved this place - although it is small and the museum set out in quite an unconventional way; my... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Waywardgal
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Surrey, United Kingdom
Fascinating Insight into Bygone Days

Two preserved cottages sit along side the ruins of a Black House – the preserved Black House gave a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan B
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Newcastle, 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 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 1 week ago

Two preserved cottages sit along side the ruins of a Black House – the preserved Black House gave a clear indication of how locals used to live, including the authentic peat fire which was burning in the kitchen area. Cramped conditions with the animals being...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed getting an insight into the previous harsh life of the islanders who survived in a climate which would test the hardiest of people.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love coming here when I’m on Lewis. Super helpful Historic Scotland staff (Marlene today) really great. Peat fire 🔥 Don’t miss Arnol!

Thank Laura H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This blackhouse is really atmospheric and allows you to see how people lived until relatively recently. The entrance fee also includes seeing the remains of another house and the younger white house. The fact that they moved out of the white house back into the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely to see, but was a bit expensive to get into to see one house, better off going to the working black house village. But overall was still intresting.

Thank Gail W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beauty of the refurbished black houses on Lewis is that they all offer different presentations and the Arnol museum is one of several. I looked over the site but did not venture indoors. My wife did and she confirmed that differences were clear and...More

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place, very interesting and authentic. Provides fascinating insight in traditional Hebridean way of living. The Blackhouse was built in the 1880's and lived in until 1966, which is quite amazing. The smoky peat fire in the hearth inside the house added to the impression....More

Thank Mariya V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fabulous example of a blackhouse with great information and a really good layout. My son and I had a great time exploring and working out what parts of this way of life we would have enjoyed and which we would have found...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really brilliant historical artifact. Immersive. Informative and beautiful. Reasonably priced. Excellent.

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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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