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“A look back in history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gearannan Blackhouse Village

Gearannan Blackhouse Village
Carloway, Scotland
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“A look back in history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

One of the last occupied blackhouse villages. It gave a very good indication of the harsh life these communities had to endure. We have stayed in one of the rental blackhouses in the past and that is an experience that should not be missed. We booked in the winter months and it gave a realistic feeling of isolation.

Visited May 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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153 reviews 153 reviews
61 attraction reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“What an interesting place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

The village gives insight about life as it used to be for locals. Some of the houses were having their thatch replaced and that was interesting to see. It was unclear whether you could book the houses to rent - apparently you used to be able to. Beautiful site overlooking the sea, well maintained, even a laundry in one of the buildings

Visited March 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this village, it transports you back in time to the life they led. It brings home how hard it was to exist but also how much they must have cooperated with each other living so closely. A beautiful setting, and very modestly priced (as opposed the the HIstoric Scotland Blackhouse Museum relatively speaking )

Visited April 2013
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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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“How people lived here 3 centuries ago”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Until you visit their interiors, you can not imagine how people dwelt and survived harsh winter conditions. You can visit and explore the settlement as it was before the advent of electricity, including an old loom as people weaved here for Harris Tweed.

Visited September 2012
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Ames, Iowa, United States
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“Way back when”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Enjoyed the village and seeing how people managed to live, not only long ago, but up until the 1970's. Enjoyed seeing tweed being woven, peat being cut and dried and burned.

Visited August 2012
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