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Moving further down the west coast we turn off the main road at Carloway heading for the sea. At the end of this road is a restored Black House village. These are the traditional houses of the Outer Hebrides, huge thick stone walls with a thatch of heather. Inside a fire would burn continuously in the centre of the dwelling but there was no chimney so the peat smoke would just be absorbed by the thatch. Although dark and gloomy inside these dwellings did their job well in keeping out the wind and rain coming off the Atlantic.
Most of the houses in this little village have been restored and thoroughly modernised with all modern conveniences and one is now a Youth Hostel run by the Gatliffe Trust. A very basic hostel by today's requirements for comfort and luxury but just how a hostel should be. A nice wood, or peat, burning stove keeps it warm and the roof keeps it dry. What more do you need? The Gatliffe Trust allows anyone to use the facilities of the hostel during the day - to make tea or cook lunch - for the princely sum of £1! We took advantage of their hospitality of several occasions.

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This a part of a series exploring The Outer Hebrides off the North West coast of Scotland. Some photographs of lesser quality may be included for sake of the travelogue - forgive me! Prints are available of selected photographs from my website. Please see my profile for details.

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