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Address: Arnol, Scotland
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Great look back to the past

Having learned about the traditional Lewisian black houses from the famous Peter May books I was looking forward to seeing one while on holiday here. It was the first stop on a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 July 2016
AGC69
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Falkirk
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Southern Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

I was fascinated to see how people lived in these traditional houses as recently as 1966! One central hearth, animals living in the same house and no water on tap! This is a remarkable place. Really interesting and helps explain so much about the many ruined stone buildings scattered around the wonderful hebridean landscape. Really informative and helpful staff too.

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Falkirk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Having learned about the traditional Lewisian black houses from the famous Peter May books I was looking forward to seeing one while on holiday here. It was the first stop on a drive down the west coast. We have a Historic Scotland family pass so no additional cost. As always with Historic Scotland the staff were extremely well informed and... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Interesting to see that this was last lived in in 1966! Hard to believe anyone would be living like this in the mid 20th century...A bit expensive for what it is, but worth a visit

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

Two black houses, one preserved, one abandoned, with their neighbouring white houses (one is the visitors' centre) and lots of artefacts & reconstructions. Incredibly friendly & helpful staff: a real credit to the historic trust and very child orientated

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Redruth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Inside it was cold, damp and very smoky - peat smoke. I found it amazing that people lived like this in Arnol back in the 1950s, it seems so primitive! The white house across the road was such an improvement, I'd want to move there... Well presented with knowledgeable staff.

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Kalispell, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

Of the various Black House examples on Lewis, this was not my favorite. Still, it allows visitors to get an idea of what life was like in times gone by. The smell of peat was almost overwhelming, and I went through this exhibit rather quickly. Maybe if this had been my first Black House visit I would have a more... More 

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

Only able to see inside one house and a museum as the other houses were occupied as holiday rentals. The peat smell burning in one was too strong for me. Interesting to see them and how people used to live there.

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

arrived here on a coach, very interesting to see how the crofters lived and worked. The house had been wonderfully restored, even the peat fire was burning. But apart from that there was not a lot more to see.The area aroundabout was not particularly scenic,.

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2015

Beautifully restored cottages that give a real sence of how life was for crofters and see how Harris Tweed was made. Lovely walks around the bay. Gift shop and cafe.

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Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015

The Black House of Arnol shows how the peat farmers lived not too long ago. The thatch houses were dark and smokey with the smell of burning peat, and they made the most of the limited space they had. Not only did the family live in these houses, but they also kept the livestock inside. A very interesting little village,... More 

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