This tiny crofting village is located on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. For those visitors lucky enough to get the opportunity to visit the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, it is like stepping back in time to another age. The village has nine thatched cottages and the island has a population of around 80 people. The last blackhouse crofters left in 1974 and the cottages were the last blackhouses to be inhabited in the Western Isles. There is also a museum in the village where visitors can see artefacts and learn more about the history of this unusual place. The village is open all year round but the gift shop and cafe are only open during the main summer season.
The once derelict cottages are now restored to their original condition by the local community trust Urras nan Gearrannan, (the Garenin Trust). These buildings are now used for self-catering accommodation and offer modern-day facilities with a very traditional and authentic style. This old crofting village is ideal for those people looking for a break away from all the ‘strains and pressures’ of modern life. This is not a place where visitors are going to be swamped by tourists and it is certainly not suitable for those looking for the bright lights. Formed in 1989, The Garenin Trust was established to restore the cottages and village and after taking over a decade to complete it was opened by HRH Princess Anne.
The area is good for fishing, walking, cycling and a retreat to watch nature and pursue the quieter activities. There is a lot of local Scottish history and for anyone interested in textiles and crafts this is a great place to stay.
The village is also a ‘living museum’ and traditional crafts such as weaving, the beautiful and hardwearing Harris Tweed, are demonstrated by skilled local craftspeople. The village has one small shop selling provisions and gifts. It also has a cafe serving tasty local homemade food.
The land around Gearrannan is used and maintained in a traditional way and portrays the authentic lifestyle of the original owners and crofters. The very quiet roads are safe and ideal for cycling and the picturesque beaches of Dalmore and Dalbey offer the perfect backdrop to unwind and relax.
Formed in 1989, The Garenin Trust was established to restore the cottages and village and after taking over a decade to complete it was opened by HRH Princess Anne.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
A850 (Rd), Loch Greshornish Borve, Portree
Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV51 9PS
+44 (0)1470 582 230
- Address: Garenin, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, HS2 9AL
- GPS: 58.29639722,-6.792191667
- Phone: 0044 (0)1851 643 416
- Part of UK: Scotland
- Sat Nav Postcode: HS2 9AL
- Entrance Fees: Yes
- Visibility from Road: Good
- Image Credits: Header Image: Spumador