Gearrannan Village Hostel & Bunkhouse, 5a Gearrannan Carloway Isle of Lewis HS2 9AL
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OverviewPart of the Gearrannan Black House Village, The Gearrannan Hostel was 'Taigh Dhonnchaidh' (Duncan's House) with its solid drystone walls and thatched roof. It has been newly refurbished inside to sleep 13 including a 3 bed family room. The hostel (available to individuals) has a well equipped kitchen and cosy warmth from radiators heated with renewable energy. The bedrooms have cosy bunk-beds, and all linen is provided. There are two modern shower rooms. The bunkhouse (group only), Taigh Làta (John MacLeod's house) sleeps 14 in bunks, with heating, solid fuel stove, a kitchenette and hot showers. The perfect base for visitors to enjoy the many and varied local attractions from surfing at the local stunning beaches to country walks, archaeology, cycling, wildlife and more. Further accommodation available in Blackhouse holiday cottages. It is advisable to buy your provisions before arrival as there are no shops nearby. This accommodation is featured on our map of West coast of Scotland, Skye and the Hebrides and here is its own website.
Rooms & Beds:Hostel: 13: 1x10 1x3. Bunkhouse: 14: 2x6 1x2. Black houses: 1x2, 2x3-5
Price per night:From £20 per person. Family room £65.
Booking:Advisable to be certain of availability, walk-ins accepted if space is available. Book via website, phone or email.
Directions:Gearrannan is about 25 miles west of Stornoway, and about 45 miles north west of Tarbert. Follow signs for Càrlabhagh (Carloway) on the A858.
Public Transport:Ferry service between Ullapool and Stornoway, or Uig (Isle of Skye) and Tarbert. Gearrannan is on bus route W2.
Walks:Long Distance Walks
February 10th 2016
The wind blew and souched around the blackhouses. The rain was carried on the wind and our spirits were low. We stepped inside Gearrannan blackhouse hostel closed the door and there was silence. It was warm, snug and quiet. The thick walls and the deep thatch kept all the noise of the wind outside where it belonged. All thoughts of weather disappeared and we relaxed.Read More
Blackhouse hostels on the Western Isles
March 24th 2019
The idyllic Gearrannan Black House Village reflects images of the past, through an oil-painting glaze.
Why not take a tour of the Western Isles next summer and stay at the blackhouse hostel at Gearrannan on Lewis and the blackhouse hostel shown in this photo on the tiny Isle of Bernery.
Hostel inside a traditional blackhouse!
October 8th 2017
It is like staying inside history
Oh Wow! Take a look at The Gearrannan Hostel , part of the Gearrannan Black House Village! Surely this is one of the most amazing locations to stay in Britain.
Not only is it on the Isle of Lewis, so you know you’ll be guaranteed great wildlife, wilder weather and stunning scenery, but the hostel is a cluster of traditional Black Houses.
We see buildings like this all over the coast of the UK – long houses in Wales, crofts on the Scottish coast. They’re built from local materials and designed to shelter the humans and livestock from the worst of the elements. You’d be staying in a living history with its solid double – drystone walls and thatched roof. On the inside, though, they have been newly refurbished inside to sleep 13 with a well equipped kitchen and cosy warmth from radiators and showers heated with renewable energy.
I can’t think of a better place to explore these amazing islands.
Ancient village on the Atlantic Ocean
March 7th 2017
Gearranan Hostel, a magical experience of a bygone era.
Gearranan Hostel is an ancient blackhouse in a village unchanged for hundreds of years. Built in a sheltered sandy cove of the Atlantic Ocean on Lewis, the furthermost outreach of the Outer Hebridean islands. From the hostel follow the waymarked walk to Dalmore Beach and onwards to Dalbeg Beach. Pick up a pamphlet at the hostel to read about the history, archaeology and wildlife that you pass. A four mile round trip gives you three hours of glorious peace walking on moorland and coast. For more history and the ghosts of yesteryear you can walk to the south from Gearranan to find the deserted township of Laimishader.