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“Unique example of the way it was”

Gearannan Blackhouse Village
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Scotland
Level 6 Contributor
217 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Unique example of the way it was”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

I've seen blackhouses before but never a whole village. This is how people lived in the past and its amazing to think that these houses were lived in until the 1970s. Not all of them are open to the public: some are holiday lets. The ones that are open give a good insight into how life was; not only in recent times but stretching a lot farther back. First time I've ever seen a burning peat fire.

Visited June 2013
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Christchurch England
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121 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Very atmospheric”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We could really imagine living here. Very interesting, especially learning how recently they were lived in. Lovely spot. Thank you.

Visited June 2013
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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A look back in history”
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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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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156 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“What an interesting place”
Reviewed April 22, 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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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Excellent”
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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