The term of
'tigh dubh' (blackhouse) only dates back to the nineteenth century. Until
about 1850 all houses in Lewis, with the exception of some larger buildings,
were of similar design. All walls were of a double thickness, built of dry
stone and turf was used for the thatched roofs. But from the 1850s all new
buildings, influenced by mainland designs, succeeded the blackhouses. Their
single thickness walls cemented with lime mortar were in such contrast that
they were named tigh geal (whitehouse) and the antonym tigh dubh was then
applied to the older houses in Lewis. The older tigh dubb's were very dark
and very smokey with only a single door (no window's) and only a hole in the
roof (no chimney's) to let the smoke out. But they were warm. The blackhouse
in this image is now a youth hostel with two chimney's and skylights. It is
an excellent place to stay while your explore the Isle of Lewis. Also the
Callanish Standing Stones or Calanais are not far away and are truly amazing.
Check out the Standing
Garenin, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides or Western Isles, Highlands,
or the Isle of Lewis has been shaped by the sea and it's harsh climate .It
and the rest of the Western Isles are steeped in history and have been inhabited
for over 6,000 years. They are truly islands of An Cuan Siar or Atlantic Ocean,
with nothing but the deep blue sea between them and North America.
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