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Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Mon to Sat, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oc to 31 Mar:
Daily except Wed and Sun, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm




Gain a unique insight into island life at no. 42 Arnol. This traditional, fully furnished thatched house once sheltered a family and its animals under the same roof.

The ruined blackhouse at no. 39 can also be seen, together with the 1920s ‘white house’ that replaced it. White houses – in which a wall separated byre and dwelling – replaced many blackhouses around this time.

Gaelic-speaking members of staff are usually on hand to answer queries about the crofting life on Lewis.

What to see and do

  • Smell the peat smoke – even today the fire at the heart of the blackhouse is never allowed to go out
  • Peek inside the cosy box-beds in the bedroom, still complete with their original fabrics and furnishings
  • See the byre just as it was left in 1966, only without the cows
  • Imagine how living in the white house would have compared to life in the blackhouse
  • Complete our Explorer Quiz or Working Life Quiz (available in Gaelic) while visiting the Blackhouse and White House, or why not do both. Also available on site
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