James Crawford

James Crawford
I have been involved in ethnological research and work in the island for some fifty years, leading to many restorations of the traditional buildings, Blackhouses, Bothan (Beehive houses), Norse Mills, and the Iron Age House at Bosta. Also, I was involved at an early stage with the Gearranan Blackhouse village where I taught trainees for the Lews Castle College and Western Isles Council rural skills which included Hebridean Long Straw thatching technique.
Both my wife, Ceit, and I are active crofters, keeping sheep and cutting peat for fuel.
I have been a regular contributor to the Archaeological journal ‘Discovery and Excavation’, in particular a ten-year project recording the remains on the uninhabited islands of Loch Roag.
I have been a WITGA guide since 2000.


Tour Guide


English (native)


Tours offered

West Side



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