You don’t need to travel far to feel like you’ve stepped back in time in Scotland. The rugged landscape stretches as far as the eye can see, and life in local villages goes at a different pace.
But if you want to fully immerse yourself in the spirit of the past, I have something special for you: Gearrannan Blackhouse Village in the Hebrides.
The namesake blackhouse is a traditional type of house that used to be common in this area but has almost entirely disappeared by now. The village of Gearrannan on the Isle of Lewis consists entirely of these beautiful stone and thatch buildings sitting on the edge of the water.
Unfortunately, the original inhabitants have all left the place by the 1970s, slowly leaving the houses into ruin. Luckily, before that happened, Urras nan Gearrannan (the Garenin Trust) has painstakingly restored the entire village and turned it into a thriving holiday complex.