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Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A step back in time to when surviving in this environment would have been a struggle. Thankfully the blackhouses have been refurbished with all modern conveniences. Underfloor heating and a wood burner make them warm and cosy. Our original arrival plans were disrupted by the weather and we couldn't get here until a day later, Mairi kindly rearranged our booking...

Thank Paul W
Whitehorse, Canada
Reviewed 12 December 2016

It would be a disservice to you, to explain why this was our most amazing Scottish experience. (In a nutshell, we lost our car keys on the cliffs and were "forced" to spend the night. It all worked out in our favour, by far.) For reasons I won't get in to, we had the best night of our lives! (Thank...

Thank AMunro
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

A must if you are visiting The Isle of Lewis. Ideal for both adults and children. A sight into the history of life on the Hebrides over the last 150 + years. Entrance fee is very modest (£3 concession), for this you get to visit two black houses, one has been setup as life would have been at the turn...

Thank Terrence J
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Visited this with family. ..shame the season ends in September. Really great to see what it used to be. Peat fire was on and it was unbelievable how smokey the house was and how it went through the whole house. Really informative place

Thank Colleen F
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Visiting the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village was like stepping back in time. We saw how the people here once lived, by watching traditional activities including the weaving of the famous Harris Tweed. The village also had a small shop selling gifts to purchase and a café offering delicious homemade coffee and food.

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Fochabers, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Visited the village and it was nice to see how an old village was like way back. Could not see inside some because they are either a Hostel/Holiday Cottages/Stores/Laundry or Toilets and one was a museum [cost] and another was a film theatre showing a 10 minute film also with informative history boards. There is also a shop and café....

Thank wahaejock
Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Wow! We were blown away by how ridiculously nice this hostel was and how cheap too. Beautiful setting, really nicely decorated and super clean. Perfect place to stop on our cycle tour of the Hebridean Way. Beds comfy, huge kitchen and very well equipped. Be warned, in the words one of the staff "the nearest shop is 10 miles north...

1Thank mrshmj
Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 September 2016

We booked to stay here for one night in early July as part of a two week cycle tour of western highlands and islands, and I really had high hopes from the website. The website does not do the Independent hostel justice. For £15 a night each it's a total bargain, a newly converted beautiful authentic blackhouse. Very efficient housekeeper,...

Thank Fiona_Glos
Reviewed 31 August 2016

What an experience, and a privilege! To stay in an updated Blackhouse, steps away from the Atlantic, in such an amazing place was the chance of a lifetime. On the northwestern coast of the Isle of Lewis - just a nice ferry ride and short car trip from the Isle of Skye, was an incredible opportunity. We had planned a...

1Thank athomeinthehighlands
Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

A fascinating insight into life on the island not that long ago: the last occupants of the "working" museum blackhouse moved out only in 1974. Lovingly preserved, with an interesting and knowledgable guide, whose love for, and knowledge about, the Hattersley loom was clearly evident. Interesting continuous-loop video in a second blackhouse about the weaving process, coupled with peat cutting,...

1Thank David F

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Additional Information about Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

Address: Carloway | Isle of Lewis, Carloway HS2 9AL, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > The Hebrides > Outer Hebrides > Lewis and Harris > Isle of Lewis > Carloway
Number of rooms: 16
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Gearrannan Blackhouse Village Hotel Carloway
Gearrannan Blackhouse Village Carloway, Isle Of Lewis
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“You can pay a little extra for the2 bed family room if you don't want to sleep in the small dorms.”
 of 5 bubbles Fiona_Glos, 7 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Sturdy shoes/boots recommended as the path from the carpark is rough”
 of 5 bubbles KenM709, 22 Jul 2016 | Read review
“The dorm-style bunk beds in the hostel are probably the best deal of all the available accommodations!”
 of 5 bubbles 497denisel, 9 Jun 2016 | Read review
“This is a museum village in a very quiet and peaceful part of Lewis. It's a complete one off... utterly unique and absolutely brilliant.”
 of 5 bubbles janem689, 3 Sep 2015 | Read review
“It's bunk beds in a hostel. The showers are hot and plenty of water”
 of 5 bubbles 700SallyW, 2 Jun 2014 | Read review
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