Gearrannan Blackhouse Village
Gearrannan Blackhouse Village (pictured left - click to enlarge) is a coastal crofting village situated in a secluded bay within the district of Carloway on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides / Western Isles of Scotland. The village was officiallyopened, by HRH The Princess Royal on 5th June 2001 and a plaque commemorating the event can be found on a standing stone in the centre of the village.
Since 1989 the local community trust Urras nan Gearrannan (the Garenin Trust) has been painstakingly restoring the once derelict properties and croft land to recreate an authentic settlement offering visitors modern facilities within the surroundings of times gone by. Traditional methods have been used to recreate the drystone masonry and thatched roofing of the original croft houses with the discreet integration of modern conveniences
Gearrannan Blackhouse Village caters for a wide variety of visitors. Groups and individuals have the opportunity to experience traditional rural activities, learn about the rich history of the area, work, relax and socialise in a unique atmosphere.
The village is complemented by the easy access it offers to outdoor pursuits such as a coastal walk (see pic) fishing and watersports, the presence of extensive bird and wildlife in their natural habitat and its close proximity to other areas of interest, such as the world famous Calanais Standing Stones and the Iron Age Dùn Carloway Broch.
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