The house was built in 2003 by David and Joy Woodhouse. It was designed in a slight arc to take in sunrise to sunset and has been built with the natural environment in mind. The walls are full of sheep's wool insulation. The timber windows are made from wood grown in carefully managed forests and the glazing of which there is a lot, is highly insulating.
There was a time when dwellings here had very small windows as this was considered to be the weakest part of a house, being very cold but with today's modern glass it is the opposite and here in The Hebrides one could live in a completely glass house and be warm through all of natures elements. All paints contain only natural substances. The cleaning products used at Torr Buan are all environmentally sensitive and we try to recycle as much as possible.
We have modernized the original well that we found on the land and which once fed 4-5 black houses. The water is now UV filtered and is cleaner than any water you will get in the city !!
The house is also surrounded by entirely native flora and we intend to improve on that still further by introducing native ferns etc.
One of the ruins behind the new house was once a shoemakers cottage and this was left derelict in 1911. The Victorian house which the shoemaker inhabited was built on an old black house which dates back to the clearances.
It is believed that this and the other ruins were built on an earlier Iron Age settlement. For this reason the house has been positioned away from the ruins and an archeologist was present during the excavation of the house site.
There are delightful and exciting walks which you can enjoy and sea eagles and golden eagles often fly by. Along the coast we occasionally see dolphins and from your windows you can see The Holy Island of Iona, Inch Kenneth, The Isle of Ulva and the huge sea cliffs of Gribun.
It might also be of interest to note that your window facing east frames the highest mountain on the island which is called Ben More and is also the third wettest place in Britain, but looking south toward Iona you can enjoy the sight of lots of sun because this area has European sunshine records along with the Islands of Coll and Tiree.