A traditional single-storeyed Scottish house built of turf or mortarless stone, typically lacking a chimney and roofed with turf or thatch.
- Turn left, walk on past the Factor's House to the black houses just before the first re-roofed cottage, then turn right, following the course of the Dry Burn to the Head Dyke.
- They passed quiet, black houses with thatched roofs.
- The central one held a small black house whose steeply peaked roof was edged in white.
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