Neil and Nelly MacDonald ploughing at Capisdale



Gazetteer - Sleat Townships

Different spellings for place names are given; those in italic are the Gaelic version. The meaning of the place names is also given –whether Gaelic or Norse. For more information on local place names see our Place names page.


Aird An Aird

During the 18th century this farm was held on a tack. It was then divided into 19 crofts in 1811. By 1860 a 20th croft had been created out of an area called the Black Lots,...

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Achnacloich Achadh na Cloiche (the field of the stone)

14 crofts

In the mid 18th century the area we now call Achnacloich was joined with the farm now known as Gillen. Together, they were known...

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Ostaig (East Bay - a Norse place name)

In the 18th century Ostaig was divided into two parts - Ostaig Mòr and Ostaig beag. In 1733 Ostaig Mòr was in the hands of the dowager Lady Macdonald, widow...

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Sasaig (South Bay)

10 crofts

There used to be several small shops in the parish. In the 1880s there was one such shop in Sasaig, run by Peter MacDonald, a merchant and fish curer. Later in the...

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Tarskavaig Tarscabhaig(Cod Bay)

When crofting was introduced on Lord Macdonald’s estates in 1811, 31 small crofts were created in Tarskavaig. They were small because the tenants were expected to...

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