A Holiday Home with a Difference, Isle of Harris

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On the Isle of Lewis there is a wonderful place you can stay ‘ Gearrannan Blackhouse Village’ at Carloway.  The village was abandon in the early 70’s when the last villagers left to live in nearby council houses.  It was then realised that the village was the last one of its kind and thank goodness it was saved and restored.  I will do a post on the village later, but someone asked if I had any photos of the interior of the Blackhouses.  I have some of how they looked in the late 1880’s and the 1920’s, but at Gearrannan, apart from looking at the interior of an older one, you can stay in several of the them which have been resorted for modern living.


When we visited in 2014, I popped inside one when the cleaners disappeared for a moment, much to the annoyance of the other half, but curiosity got the better of me.  They look quite cosy, so if you want a self catering let for a different kind of holiday, this is for you.

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You even get your own beach.


14 Replies to “A Holiday Home with a Difference, Isle of Harris”

  1. That looks quite comfy! What a wonderful holiday that would be. Thanks, Lynne. Glad you didn’t get caught. 🙂

  2. They certainly look comfy inside! Well done for venturing into one of them to take pics. I like the bare stone walls but can’t help but wonder if it might lead to a ‘spider situation’, as spiders love those kind of nooks and crannies. The view down to the bay is spectacular, though. 🙂

  3. Aw. The modernity is certainly a let-down, but the soot in the un-restored blackhouse made the rooms so dark. Maybe there’s a middle-of-the-road option out there (though it’s probably not open to the public!)..

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