Fodor's Expert Review The Blackhouse

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In the small community of Arnol, the Blackhouse is a well-preserved example of an increasingly rare type of traditional Hebridean home. Common throughout the islands as recently as the mid-20th century, these dwellings were built without mortar and thatched on a timber framework without eaves. Other characteristic features include an open central peat hearth and the absence of a chimney (hence "blackhouse," from all the soot). Inside, you'll find half the house designated for family life, complete with many original furnishings, and the other half a stable for animals. Opposite is the White House, built later when houses were no longer allowed to accommodate humans and animals together.

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Off A858
Arnol, Western Isles  HS2 9DB, Scotland


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Rate Includes: £6, Closed Sun. Also closed Wed. in Oct.–Mar.

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