The Isle of Lewis is the most northerly island in the Outer Hebrides and therefore lies in the path of the wild Atlantic Ocean. Over centuries a style of habitation has evolved which provides optimum protection against the elements. The blackhouse or longhouse is a long building, usually partly below ground and roofed with a mix of peat, straw and turf. Peat fires were burnt all day long to maintain an even temperature. It was not unusual for these to be shared between people and animals, each at one end of the building.
These photographs are from three sites: the Bostah Iron Age Village, the Arnol Blackhouse and the Ge Arrannan Blackhouse Village.