Neil and Nelly MacDonald ploughing at Capisdale

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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.


Carradale

Carradale Caradail (copse or copse wood dale)

Although the census records several families living here, Carradale was not set out to crofts until 1850. There were 8 new crofts. The tenants came...

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Duisdale

Duisdale Duisdail (The misty or gloomy dale or glen)

In the 18th century rentals several townships (eg Ostaig, Calligarry, Tarskavaig) were divided into two - Mòr and Beag (large and small)....

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Tokavaig

Tokavaig Tocabhaig (the swelling or boisterous bay, or the bay of the whale)

7 crofts

Dun Scaith, one of the castles in Sleat, is here. According to legend this is where Cuchullin, the Irish hero,...

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Aird

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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Ardvasar

Ardvasar Aird a bhasair

A township of three crofts – one for the ferryman, one for the blacksmith and one for the innkeeper.

The inn was built in the early 19th century to replace the old change...

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