"Preserving the history of the parish of Sleat on the Isle of Skye"
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.
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...Read more about Ostaig
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...Read more about Tarskavaig
Point of Sleat Rudha Shlèite sometimes called Dearaneach or An Doireannach
Five crofts were created here in 1850. These were by no means the first inhabitants of Point. Traces of Mesolithic...Read more about Point of Sleat
Sasaig (South Bay)
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...Read more about Sasaig
Achnacloich Achadh na Cloiche (the field of the stone)
In the mid 18th century the area we now call Achnacloich was joined with the farm now known as Gillen. Together, they were known...Read more about Achnacloich