The Blackhouse, Arnol

42 Arnol, Bragar, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9DB

01851 710 395


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 (also available in Gaelic)
Historic Scotland

Opening times

The Blackhouse will be closed until 29 Sept for annual thatching work.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily except Sun, 9.30am to 5pm
Last entry 4pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily except Wed and Sun, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3pm

Closed for lunch 12.30pm to 1pm.


Download our visitor app

Discover more on the go – the Historic Scotland app lets you find out about Scotland’s most iconic places wherever you are.

Plan your visit

More than 20 of our sites are now open. Please book your tickets in advance.

Become a member

Join Historic Scotland to visit our properties free of charge for a full year and support our work at the same time.

Hire a site for filming

Use one of our fantastic locations on your next shoot for an awe-inspiring backdrop to your work.

Learning visits

Our 300+ historic places serve as creative inspiration for all sorts of learning activities – and for learners of all ages.

Search our events

See the past brought to life by the imaginative year-round programme of events at our properties.