Blackhouse (Along the A832, near Achanalt, Scotland) by Yannik Hay

Blackhouse (Along the A832, near Achanalt, Scotland) by 

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Along the A832, near Achanalt.
Achanalt (Gaelic:Achadh nan Allt) is a village in Garve, Ross-shire, in the Scottish council area of the Highland. It is served by a railway station on the Kyle of Lochalsh Line from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh. The village lies on the A832 and the River Bran, and is near to Loch Achanalt. ref: Wikipedia.

This blackhouse appears to have its roof redone with modern tiles instead of thatch.

_A black house (Scottish Gaelic: taigh dubh; formerly tigh dudh) is a traditional type of house which used to be common in Highlands of Scotland, the Hebrides, and Ireland.

Origin of the name

The origin of the name blackhouse (tigh dubh) is of some debate. It could be less than 150 years old and may have been synonymous with inferior.


The buildings were generally built with double wall dry-stone walls packed with earth and wooden rafters covered with a thatch of turf with cereal straw or reed. The floor was generally flagstones or packed earth and there was a central hearth for the fire. There was no chimney for the smoke to escape though. Instead the smoke made its way through the roof.
The black house was used to accommodate livestock as well as people. People lived at one end and the animals lived at the other with a partition between them._ ref: Wikipedia

Location: Along the A832, near Achanalt, Scotland
Date: 2010-09-19
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
ISO: 800
Shutter Priority: 1/1000 sec.
Aperture: F/5,0
Metering Mode: Evaluative
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: Tamron 28-300mm @92mm
Photoshop CS5 for Mac – Camera Raw 6.2

Started photography in 1975.
Took photography classes.
Learned black and white dark room.
Did the transition to digital in 2005.
Learned a few post-processing programs and made my choice to Photoshop and Lightroom.

I like to shoot wildlife, birds, macro, landscapes and street photography to name a few.

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  • Siju Doniston
    Siju Donistonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot yannik

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    an appealing composition !
    my best, francis.

  • klikker
    klikkerover 4 years ago

  • Thx greatly Nick :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Marvellous shot, Yannik, and a very interesting history – fascinating read!

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Wonderful landscape!!

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 4 years ago

    amazing picture, really beautiful!

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    a beautiful image

  • SharonD
    SharonDover 4 years ago

    Lovely colours and photo Yan.

  • duncandragon
    duncandragonover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot!

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