Isleornsay

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Isleornsay
Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Iarmain
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Isleornsay
Isleornsay is located in Isle of Skye
Isleornsay
Isleornsay
 Isleornsay shown within the Isle of Skye
OS grid reference NG696125
Council area Highland
Lieutenancy area Ross and Cromarty
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ISLE OF SKYE
Postcode district IV43 8
Dialling code 01471
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Scottish Parliament Ross, Skye and Inverness West
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 57°08′44″N 5°48′32″W / 57.14569°N 5.80902°W / 57.14569; -5.80902

Isleornsay (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Iarmain) is a village lying off the main Armadale to Sleat road (the A851) on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. It overlooks, but is not upon, the island of Ornsay. The island itself shelters one of the best natural harbours in southern Skye. The location was exploited from the 18th century or earlier by the MacDonalds who owned this part of Skye.

There is a hotel in the village called The Isle Ornsay Hotel and a local company Pràban na Linne founded by Iain Noble which produces a vatted malt whisky called Poit Dhubh (literally the "Black Pot" or "Illicit Still" and two blends, Té Bheag nan Eilean ("small dram of the islands") and Mac na Mara (the "Son of the Sea").[1]

Emigration[edit]

Emigration from the Highlands and Islands was endemic in the 19th century and the company that ran the Isleornsay store, MacDonald and Elder, acted as emigration agents from the early 1800s. In 1822 they advertised that they were able to “to fit out transports for the conveyance of passengers from Inverness & the West Coast” of Scotland to the east coast of Canada. In the 1830s a programme of assisted passages to Australia from the Sleat peninsula was organised. The William Nicol sailed to Sydney from Isleornsay in July 1837 with 322 passengers including 70 families from Sleat. At the time it was reported that so many local people wished to emigrate that the ship could not accommodate all those who wanted to embark.[2]

Railway[edit]

In 1898, the proposed Hebridean Light Railway Company was to have terminated at a new ferry port at Isleornsay, but the line was never constructed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visit Us at Eilean Iarmain" gaelicwhisky.com. Retrieved 7 Aug 2011.
  2. ^ "Emigration" Comunn Eachdraidh Shlèite/Sleat Local History Society. Retrieved 7 Aug 2011.