Pudding Houses

Island Washing, Skye, Scotland

Washing drying in the sun, on the Isle of Skye, taken on holiday May 2016.  I see washing hanging out and I have to take a photo…..I’m not sure why, I just like seeing it dancing in the wind, especially if it’s really windy.  Also the cottage reminded me of the ones that we had seen on the Isle of Tiree, last year 2016, with the black stones, which are called ‘Pudding Houses’  or ‘Spotted Houses’

I also found another example, where you can see the stone work more clearly.  This cottage was a little further away from the first cottage, the first cottage didn’t have bay windows, but otherwise it’s quite similar. 

May 2017

The Pudding Houses of Tiree – Scotland

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One of the first thing that attracts your attention on the Isle of Tiree, off the west coast of Scotland, apart from the fabulous white beaches, are the ‘Pudding Houses’, these are a unique form of architecture which are indigenous to Tiree.  Pudding houses, also known as Spotted Houses, are characterized by the use of a dark building stone blackened by soot, which is then over pointed with white mortar, resulting in a spotted appearance. You will not see them elsewhere in Scotland.

Lots have been restored as holiday lets and if you look at some of the abandoned houses and then a restored one, you can see a before and after effect on the stonework.  I’m not sure how this effect came into being, but it is very effective and lovely to see that some are still maintained with this appearance.

Another type of traditional croft is the ‘blackhouse’ also called the ‘whitehouse’ which I have come across before, but they are for the next post.

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The photos were taken from the car window on our visit in May 2016.