Arnol Black House
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The house at number 42 Arnol was inhabited until 1966, and it has been preserved to represent how island people lived for centuries. There is a peat fire on a central hearth, with smoke rising up through a hole in the thatch above. The blackhouse consists of a living area, bedroom, byre, and barn.
The traditional atmosphere at Arnol is more than skin deep. Breathe deeply and you will smell the unmistakable odour of a peat fire. Just like a 'real' crofting cottage, the peat fire at Arnol Blackhouse is never allowed to go out.
Across the road from the blackhouse is a good example of a 'white house', the type of cottage that replaced the traditional blackhouse throughout Lewis in the early 20th century. Why the change? Well, in the 20th century new housing regulations decreed that the main living area had to be separated from the byre, ostensibly for health reasons. So the byre had to be walled off from the family living quarters, and the walls sealed, with no passage from dwelling to byre. On the surface, the white house differs little from the earlier form of dwelling, but it is made with a single, rather than a double wall, cemented with lime mortar. The white house has several features that characterise modern houses, such as pitched roofs, solid walls, chimneys, and windows that open.
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About Arnol Black House
Address: Arnol, Isle of Lewis, Lewis, Western Isles, Scotland, HS2 9DB
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: On the A858 between Shawbost and Barvas, on the west coast of Lewis
Website: Arnol Black House
Arnol Black House Photos
OS: NB310 492
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
The Whalebone Arch - 1.4 miles (Historic Building)
Shawbost Norse Mill and Kiln - 4.4 miles (Museum)
Clach an Truiseil Standing Stone - 4.9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Steinacleit Stone Circle - 6.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Gearrannan Blackhouse Village - 7.9 miles (Museum)
Dun Carloway Broch - 8.9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Callanish Standing Stones - 11.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Bostadh Iron Age House - 12.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Holiday Cottages to Arnol Black House:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Arnol Black House. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.