Blackhouses, historical and sustainable dwellings
Blackhouses are an emblematic testimony of the ability of human beings to adapt to the natural elements. Impetuous storms and strong winds carried by the Atlantic Ocean have been hitting the coasts of the Hebrides Islands for thousands of years.
Shelters built to withstand bad weather
The inhabitants have thus built the toughest possible dwellings with very thick walls and rounded roofs made of vegetal stones that assure great insulation against bad weather. The roofs in the village of Gearrannan have been covered with thatch consisting of twigs and straw since time immemorial.
Human beings and animals, which enable optimum heat, have been coexisting for over a thousand years. Similarly, peat fire was a precious resource inside the houses. Besides providing heat, it was used for cooking, contributed to ridding the house and its vegetal roofing of insects, protected the framework timber and served in smoking food – but at what cost?
A genuine and comfortable stay
With the advent of new heating techniques, the walls became less thick and new materials assure air and water tightness.
The restoration of the Blackhouses in the village of Gearrannan was a success while respecting the traditional architecture and atmosphere, as well as a standard hotel service. This guarantees you a genuine and comfortable stay.