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.


Ord An Uird

Originally a farmhouse and steading, with several cottars’ and farm workers’ houses, Ord was the home of the Macdonald family described in the book A Summer in Skye by the poet...

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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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Drumfearn Druim Fhearna (alder ridge)

10 crofts

Several of the families who had been cleared from Borreraig and Suishnish in Strath in 1852 were resettled here. They were only the latest of...

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Point of Sleat

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...

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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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