Thursday, 14 April 2016

Blackhouses Of Scotland

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Hundreds of years ago the highlands of Scotland were dotted with a type of dwelling called blackhouses. These were long narrow buildings, often laid in parallel to other blackhouses, with dry-stone walls and thatched roofs rendered black with soot.

The smoke came from a peat fire that was lit at all times in the center of the kitchen and living area. The smoke escaped through the porous roof, slowly blackening the turf or straw in the process.

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