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The Black House

Arnol, Scotland
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Absolutely fantastic to see how the people actually lived and how they did their weaving beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Joan T
Durham, United Kingdom
Excellent. Amazing to see how people lived.

I was fascinated to see how people lived in these traditional houses as recently as 1966! One... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2016
Julie H
Southern Wales, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely fantastic to see how the people actually lived and how they did their weaving beautiful place well worth a visit

Thank Joan T
Reviewed 25 August 2016

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...More

Thank Julie H
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...More

Thank AGC69
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

Thank Moira J
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

Thank 2016crissieB
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......More

Thank campbejx
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....More

1  Thank MontanaTraveler643
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.

1  Thank BrisbaneCazza
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,.

Thank DCJ44
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.

Thank elaine m
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