Take a look around the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village on the Isle of Lewis

This village offers visitors a chance to experience life on a traditional croft on the Isle of Lewis.

Image of a Blackhouse village on Lewis.

This coastal crofting village is situated in a secluded bay on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and gives visitors the chance to stay in cottage accommodation, and try out some historical activities.

The restored blackhouse village on the west side of the Isle of Lewis has holiday accommodation and a chance to see what life was like for crofters.

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This blackhouse is the first one encountered in the village and contains a reception, cafe and gift shop.
Gearrannan is positioned at the end of a road with just the Atlantic beyond. These two blackhouses are near the end of the main street overlooking the bay.
Gearrannan Blackhouse Village was occupied by crofting families as recently as 1974 - the last traditional houses to be inhabited in the Western Isles. In 1989 The Gearrannan Trust was established to restore some houses
These are a couple of the houses that can be hired as a holiday let.
Not all of the croft houses were able to be restored.
This ruined croft house overlooks the bay and shows the two rooms that typically made up such dwellings.
A hand loom operator inside one of the blackhouses in the Blackhouse village shows how Harris Tweed is manufactured.
Four of the cottages can be hired as self-catering accommodation, with traditional elements still visible.
These simple crofts were all of a fairly standard design: A double dry-stone wall packed with earth, their roofs were of wooden rafters, and thatched with straw or turf.