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.

Isle Ornsay

Isle Ornsay (Ebb-tide island)

There are the remains of a small graveyard at the southen end of the island.

Isle Ornsay Lighthouse is actually on a small neighbouring island called Eilean Sionnach....

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Teangue An Teangaidh (the tongue or narrow strip of land)

Originally 10 crofts. Croft No 5 was let to the miller at Knock until c 1835. It was then taken over by the tenant of Knock Farm, John...

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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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Ferindonald Fearann Dhòmhnaill, Fearainn Dhòmhnaill, (Donald’s land or portion)

A school was built here in 1878. As the school roll declined and other schools in the parish were closed it became...

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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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