Posted by: travelrat | October 25, 2020

The Spotty House

On our tour of Iceland last year, we visited the house of local poet and author Gunnar Gunnarsson. I liked the style of the house, which was built of stone, with the mortar between the stones painted with whitewash, or Snowcem or something.

I immediately thought of a visit to the Isle of Tiree in 1993, where some of the houses were built in a similar style and called ‘spotty houses’. I think I read somewhere that they were unique to Tiree; maybe Mr. Gunnarsson had been there at some stage? Or, whoever wrote that treatise hadn’t been to Iceland?

I was sure I had a picture of a ‘spotty house’ for comparison somewhere, but I couldn’t, for the life of me, find it. But … isn’t it always the way … I stumbled over it the other week, while looking for something else entirely.


  1. I love the houses in Iceland. Natural and tucked away from the wind

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