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Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Isle of Lewis


Scottish brochs & blackhouses

Get in touch with your ancestral roots with a stay in an architecturally stunning modern broch or a charming traditional blackhouse, now modernised for the 21st century.

Why should I choose a broch or a blackhouse?

  • Your accommodation will be unique, truly memorable and authentically Scottish.
  • Brochs and blackhouses are often located in picturesque and secluded locations, but still offer modern life essentials such as hot showers, electricity and WiFi.
  • You can imagine what it would have been like staying in a broch or blackhouse in days gone by and get in touch with your Scottish roots.


What is a broch?

Unique to Scotland, historic brochs are huge drystone towers, largely dating from around 100 BC to 100 AD (during the Roman invasion of Britain). Although most of Scotland’s prehistoric brochs are now in ruins, modern reincarnations have been built for use as holiday accommodation. This new generation are impressive feats of architecture and design, boasting magnificent drystone walls, floor to ceiling windows and bright, spacious interiors.

What can I expect at a broch?

  • Warm and inviting self-catering accommodation in a custom-built drystone broch, inspired by the architecture of prehistoric brochs.
  • A beautifully styled, modern interior, usually including facilities such as WiFi, high-spec kitchens, under-floor heating, wood burning stoves and even a sauna.
  • Lots to see and do, from coastal walks to enjoying a whisky by the fire.


What is a blackhouse?

Once common throughout the Highlands and the Outer Hebrides, a blackhouse is a traditional Scottish dwelling built with thick stone walls and a thatched roof. Nowadays there are very few of these traditional houses left, though some have been beautifully renovated and are now let out as holiday properties.

What can I expect at a blackhouse?

  • Unique self-catering accommodation in a traditional Scottish blackhouse.
  • A sympathetically renovated interior, usually including exposed stonework, solid fuel stove, underfloor heating and a fully fitted kitchen.
  • Plenty to see and do nearby, from seaside walks to fishing and cycling.