The Gearrannan Hostel (Taigh Dhonnchaidh)

Outer Hebrides

This newly restored blackhouse hostel, sleeping 13, is in Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Carloway on the west side of the Isle of Lewis. It offers bunkbeds, showers and a fully fitted modern kitchen.

Contact: Mairi Macritchie

5a Gearrannan
Isle of Lewis,
Western Isles, HS2 9AL
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Tel: 01851 643 416
Beds: 13
Notes: Bedding and towels are included in the daily rate. It is recommended that accommodation is booked by e-mailing or by telephone (01851 643416), but visitors can stay in the hostel without prior booking if there are vacancies. It is advisable to buy your provisions before arrival as there is no shop nearby.
Nearest Public Transport: Public Bus Service Monday - Saturday. Daily to Gearrannan Carpark
Nearest Shop/Pub: There is no shop nearby. There are two supermarkets in Stornoway about 45 mins drive away from Gearrannan

Hostel Accommodation on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

The Gearrannan Hostel (Taigh Dhonnchaidh) is situated in the restored blackhousevillage of Gearrannan in Carloway, Isle of Lewis,Outer Hebrides.  It is newly restored, with all modern facilities.  It offers accommodation for 10 guests, plus a family room for 3 guests.  Set in a picturesque location, Taigh Dhonnchaidh is a unique hostel that offers budget accommodation for backpackers, walkers, cyclists, outdoor enthusiasts and students. 

A crofting history

You will be staying in a village which is alive with history.  The blackhouses have seen the cycle of life through generations and were occupied by crofting families until the early 1970s.  The double drystone walls, the low profile and the insulating thatch made the houses suitable for the Hebridean weather, and they are eco-friendly houses in that all the building materials were natural and found locally. It is easy to imagine that you have stepped back in time to experience the way of life in a typical crofting township of the last century.  You can see traditional activities, including the weaving of the famous Harris Tweed.  There is a small shop where you can buy mementoes of your visit, and you can relax in the cafeteria where you can enjoy the best of home-made fare. 




From £15.00 per person per night

Family Room:

From £47.00 per room per night

Reviews (1)

A night back in time

Reviewed on November 13, 2016

How clever to open a hostel in this old village of blackhouses ! It is very nice to have the chance to spend a night over there for a good price. I felt very grateful to spend that quality time in Gearrannan. The hostel itself is very nice : super cool kitchen, new bathroom and cute rooms. You even get two towels ! First time I see that in a hostel :) In the morning, we visited the village and met a weaver. Then we went for an amazing coastal walk that I will never forget. On the way back, we met some Australian and Scottish guests and we even watched the stars together. Such a refreshing place !

Stayed October 2016