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“Interesting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gearannan Blackhouse Village

Gearannan Blackhouse Village
Carloway, Scotland
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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“Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

I enjoyed visiting the village as it gives one an idea what life was like then.
The other good thing is that some of the houses are available for accommdation.

Visited September 2013
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Goodyear, Arizona
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“Peat smoke and thatched roof”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

If you're looking for a unique stay on the Isle of Lewis consider the Blackhouses at Gearranan. We felt as though we'd stepped back in time to a place where peat smoke lingered on the air and a winding lane led down to a rocky beach past thatched-roof stone cottages. It was a wonderful opportunity to let down in the middle of a long trip, prepare some meals ourselves in a fully equipped kitchen, read by the coal fire and enjoy walks along the cliffs and shore. Our days were busy with other sight seeing on Lewis and Harris but each evening we returned to a cosy and roomy space where we could stretch out and regroup. My feet seemed always to be cold in Scotland but our cottage, Taigh Glass, had a lovely heated floor which was delightful. Hot showers, comfy beds, sofas and chairs and rooms well equipped and modernized for travelers were most welcome. There were tourists in the daytime but evenings were very quiet and afforded an opportunity to view lovely sunsets over the small bay. One night we saw a double rainbow and another with two sets of bands stacked one inside the other. Mairi and Roddy looked after all our needs and requests and were lovely to chat with. It wasn't till our last day that we took the opportunity to see the museum houses on the site and we wish we had spent more time there as there was a good deal to read and learn about life in the Outer Hebrides in earlier times. All in all a wonderful stay in a fascinating and beautiful setting.

Visited August 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Nice Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Great wee museum and very photogenic village. Feels a bit odd wandering around a village where people stay ( hostel and self catering cottages) and the ghosts of such recent past.

Visited September 2013
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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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“A beautifully scenic restoration village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

The blackhouse village at Gearrannan consists of half a dozen or so restored blackhouses in a lovely position overlooking the sea. One of the houses is the visitor centre and tearoom (the scones are fantastic by the way!); one is a "living museum"; and the others are let to visitors.

I read a review somewhere (probably on Trip Advisor) in which the writer complained about Gearrannan being too "touristy". Well hey - I'm a tourist, as are all the other thousands of visitors who "tour" the Hebrides every year and have done for centuries; and whereas I'd hate to see a rise in cheap, gaudy tourist amenities, the careful restoration and running of sites like Gearrannan is both necessary and worthwhile.

We certainly enjoyed our visit.

Visited August 2013
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“Interesting and worth visiting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Very reasonable entry fee and displays are quite interesting. Roofs are thatched and there is on building you can wander around in and even see a demo of loom weaving.

Visited August 2013
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