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.


Kilbeg

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...

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Tormore

Tormore An Tòrr Mòr (the big hill)

Visited by Johnson and Boswell.

The farm was tenanted by a family of Macdonalds until the 1890s when it was let to shooting tenants. Eventually one of these,...

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Gillen

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...

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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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Ostaig

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...

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