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The Blackhouse, Arnol

A traditional thatched house that provides a unique insight into the island life of the Western Isles....

The Blackhouse, Arnol

A traditional, fully furnished, Lewis thatched house that provides a unique insight into island life.

There is also an attached barn, byre and stackyard. Beside the Blackhouse, a furnished 1920s whitehouse can also be seen. Visitor centre with interpretative displays explaining the history of the site and locally-made crafts.

Highlights

  • The reek of peat – even today the peat fire at the heart of the blackhouse is never allowed to go out.
  • The cosy box-beds – in the bedroom, and still with their fabrics and furnishings.
  • The byre – just as it was left in 1966, but without the cows.
  • The white house – a wonderful contrast to the black house.
Green Tourism Award - Gold

Location

Region – Western Isles
Postcode: HS2 9DB

Opening arrangements

Summer
25 March - 30 September , Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

Winter
1 October - 24 March , Mon Tue Thu Fri Sat, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Admission prices

All year
Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concession £3.60

Events at The Blackhouse, Arnol

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4 May 2016

Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

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David Roberts Exhibition

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Kaleidoscope II

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