TV take on ru­ral hous­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

A NEW four-part se­ries on BBC ALBA ex­am­ines the dra­matic de­vel­op­ment of ru­ral hous­ing in Scot­land over the years.

In the sec­ond part next Mon­day (Jan­uary 30), builder Ewen MacK­in­non, who has a pas­sion for the beauty of con­struc­tion, con­tin­ues his fas­ci­nat­ing and re­veal­ing jour­ney through Scot­land’s ru­ral hous­ing land­scape – telling a story of place, peo­ple and home in Ru­ral Hous­ing.

The his­tory of tra­di­tional build­ings in the High­lands and Is­lands res­onates par­tic­u­larly with peo­ple to­day, with an in­creas­ing num­ber are choos­ing to build new homes us­ing the ma­te­ri­als from early 19th cen­tury homes and in line with much-loved styles, such as the black­house.

Among the build­ings vis­ited will be the im­pres­sive Isle of Lewis stone struc­tures, the Bosta Iron Age House on Great Bern­era, Uig the Norse Mill in nearby Shaw­bost, the S-shaped house named Oran na Mara on Har­ris, the He­bridean Earth House on South Uist and the Car­loway broch, Isle of Lewis.

These build­ings have also in­spired numer­ous im­pres­sive new is­land homes.

View­ers also find out about the fas­ci­nat­ing wooden crannogs and there will be avisit to the re­stored Gear­ran­nan Black­house Vil­lage on Lewis, which has a new life as hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Ru­ral Hous­ing airs on BBC Alba on Mon­days at 8.30pm.

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