"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.
Knock An Cnoc (the hill) Cnoc Uaine (green hill)
The site of Caistel Camus, one of the medieval castles in Sleat.
The house is marked on a map dated 1763. The sister of the 6th Lord Macdonald...Read more about Knock
Gillen Gillean (the gylls or hollows)
The house was built in the early 1800s by Dr Alasdair MacDonald (An Dotair Ruadh). The kitchen of the farmhouse was a famous venue for kitchen ceilidhs and...Read more about Gillen
Kilbeg A’ Chill Bheag (the little church).
Set out to crofts in 1811, it was cleared a few years later and the farm was merged with that of Ostaig.
Now the site of the Sleat Medical Practice and...Read more about Kilbeg
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...Read more about Teangue
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